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A famous bearer of this name is Marshall Mathers (Eminem), b. 1972.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2005
Word History: Hard-riding marshals of the Wild West in pursuit of criminals reemphasize the relationship of the word marshal with horses. The Germanic ancestor of our word marshal is a compound made up of *marhaz, "horse" (related to the source of our word mare), and *skalkaz, "servant," meaning as a whole literally "horse servant," hence "groom." The Frankish descendant of this Germanic word, *marahskalk, came to designate a high royal official and also a high military commander, not surprising given the importance of the horse in medieval warfare. Along with many other Frankish words, *marahskalk was borrowed into Old French by about 800; some centuries later, when the Normans established a French-speaking official class in England, the Old French word came with them. In English, marshal is first recorded in 1218, as a surname (still surviving in the spelling Marshall); its first appearance as a common noun was in 1258, in the sense "high officer of the royal court." The word was also applied to this high royal official's deputies, who were officers of courts of law, and it continued to designate various officials involved with courts of law and law enforcement, including the horseback-riding marshals we are familiar with in the United States. (From The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company)
marshallmay  8/5/2005
I love the name Marshall. It seems formal yet modern, and it portrays a boy as gentleman-like, even though it is Eminem's name. Yet that just makes the name cooler!
author  8/15/2005
Thurgood Marshall was a United States Supreme Court Justice.
breakofday  12/16/2005
This name has grown on me. It is a nice gentle sounding name and not overused. Very masculine name too.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2006
There's a store called Marshall's.
Brianna Angela  8/3/2007
I love this name. Plain and simple. This is the best name ever and I think it is beautiful. Marshall is an amazing name! My most favorite boy name in the whole world.
xoiloveyouxo  12/1/2007
The TV series Alias and How I Met Your Mother feature characters named Marshall, Marshall Flinkman and Marshall Eriksen, respectively.
closetomidnight  3/31/2008
What might attract some younger people to this name is the identical pronunciation with 'martial', but it does sound old-fashioned.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
Marshall Adams the First is a character in the hilarious mockumentary series This is Dorm Life.
― Anonymous User  3/8/2009
I love this name! This is Eminem's name, and he's awesome! I think this is a wonderful name. I would definitely name a son this.
MtotheK  4/11/2009
Are you guys kidding me? It means "horse servant", and, I guess because I watch a lot of historical movies and such- I always picture a guy in livery uniform leading horses around. The word itself seems a little heavy on the consonants.
JW41926  7/1/2010
In the 2007 hit "August Rush," an Irish character by the name of Marshall O'Connelly (brother to Louis: played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is portrayed by Alex O'Loughlin.
Francesca  4/27/2011
Now I like Eminem as much as the next person but even he cannot really pull off this name. In his case it was already a family name (he's the third) and the man is going on 40. That just shows how very old-fashioned this name is.
For me, Marshall conjures up the image of an overweight 80 year old man who constantly laments about how much better everything was back in the day. I cannot picture this name on anyone under 65. It also makes me think of "Marsha" and marshmallow. So I'm definitely not a fan.
Proctorness  8/6/2011
Marshall University bears this name. Yay!
― Anonymous User  9/21/2013
I admit most of my love for this name comes from Eminem, but it's also a great sounding name. It's strong, mature, serious and not made up trash.
Jason Malcolm  5/3/2014
Marshall Lee is the gender swapped version of Marceline in Adventure Time.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2014
This is my sons name and I love it! He has only just turned one and he gets a lot of positive comments about his name. Most people have never come across another Marshall. It may be an old name but he pulls it off! I think it fits in with all the very common surname type names (Mason, Cooper, Fletcher etc) but a lot less common!
Kass  9/6/2014
Good name, but don't like the name just because of some celebrity.
The name has been around way before him.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2014
Marshall. A 'strong' male name, although it can be used as a female christian name also. I considered the name for my son (now 19) but it wouldn't blend with my surname. It is an uncommon name, I personally do not know anyone called Marshall but it is less known and used here in the UK which might explain it.
A person with this as their christian name in my opinion will be strong and fair; of course, I could be wrong.
Physio  9/23/2014
Before I didn't understand the reason that my father gave me this name, despite being a girl. As a child, my friends at school teased me saying that I wasn't feminine; nowadays it doesn't matter to me. I have friends who like my name and say 'it's cool!'.
Frequently I receive e- mails at work addressed "Mr. Marshall"... especially the new suppliers; but I'm still proud of this name.
Marshallstar  12/10/2015
This is the best name ever, I love it even if it does come with some bad nicknames. I grew used to the nicknames, so they don't bother me anymore. I can't imagine how you couldn't like this name.
marshall123123  2/12/2016
I can't associate this name with anything other than Eminem, and to me, that's not a positive thing. If this wasn't a problem, I would think it was a fine name for a boy.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
My seven year old son's name is Marshall. We are a horse family so "Keeper of the Horses" was very appropriate and my husband loves old westerns. We have never had people look at us weird for naming him Marshall, but he is the only Marshall in school. Love it.
aseverson  5/16/2016
When I hear this name I think of the store called "Marshalls."
Luvbug86  8/26/2017

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