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PronouncedPron.MAR-koos Classical Latin
MAHR-kəs English

Meaning & History

Roman praenomen, or given name, which was probably derived from the name of the Roman god MARS. This was among the most popular of the Roman praenomina. Famous bearers include Marcus Tullius Cicero (known simply as Cicero), a 1st-century BC statesman and orator, Marcus Antonius (known as Mark Antony), a 1st-century BC politician, and Marcus Aurelius, a notable 2nd-century emperor. This was also the name of a pope of the 4th century. This spelling has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world, though the traditional English form Mark has been more common.
VariantsMark English Mark, Markus Swedish Mark, Markus Norwegian Mark, Markus Danish
Other Languages & CulturesMarkos Ancient Greek Marko Basque Mark Biblical Markos Biblical Greek Marko Bulgarian Marc Catalan Margh Cornish Marko Croatian Marek Czech Marco, Mark Dutch Markku, Marko, Markus Finnish Marc French Marco, Markus German Markos Greek Maleko Hawaiian Márk Hungarian Marcas Irish Marco Italian Markuss Latvian Marko Macedonian Marek Polish Marco, Marcos, Marquinhos Portuguese Mars Roman Mythology Mark Russian Marcas Scottish Marko Serbian Marek Slovak Marko Slovene Marco, Marcos Spanish Marko Ukrainian Marc Welsh


Bust of emperor Marcus AureliusBust of emperor Marcus Aurelius


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