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God of War, male, virile
Etymology & Historical Origin - Marco
Marco is the Italian version of the ancient Roman male name Marcus. The English typically use Mark and the Spanish/Portuguese generally use Marcos, but Marco is distinctly Italian. Marcus originated as one of the oldest of Roman forenames. In fact, at the time of antiquity and the classical era, Marcus was one of only a dozen or so given names used for boys. In the 2nd century Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, considered a philosopher-king and symbolizing much of what was good about Roman civilization, was the last of the “Five Good Emperors”. The etymological origin of the name is not certain. It likely comes from one of two places. The first is Mars, the Roman god of war. The second is from the Latin adjective “mas” meaning ‘male, virile’ which connects nicely with Mars. Either way, this name is all “boy”. The Italian name Marco became popularized in Venice around the 9th century when, it was believed, St. Mark’s relics were stolen from Alexandria, Egypt and brought there. The Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco (St Mark's Basilica in Venice) was originally built to house these relics. One of the most famous Italians names Marco (not surprisingly, a Venetian) was Marco Polo, a 13th / 14th century explorer who did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and China after writing about his experiences. Marco Polo’s voyages would later inspire another adventurous Italian: Christopher Columbus. Marco Polo is also the name of a children’s game played in a swimming pool. The blind “It” person calls out “Marco” while the others reply “Polo”. The blind person must seek out and “tag” others acoustically. The game is meant to symbolize Marco Polo’s meandering and newly discovered adventures throughout Asia. Today, Marco remains one of the most popular male names in Italy.
Popularity of the Name Marco
The name Marco made his debut on the American popularity charts in 1918. Not surprisingly, the largest Italian wave of immigration into the United States took place between 1900 and 1914 during which time this lively bunch introduced a new set of forenames into the American consciousness. Marco slowly climbed the charts and finally took hold by the mid-1940s. The name ascended the charts to moderate levels of success as the decades wore on but seems to have leveled off on the Top 300 list, suggesting that it’s a name neither overused nor unfamiliar. Marco has a distinct Italian flair for boys, much like Lorenzo, Leonardo, Massimo, Giuseppe or Giovanni. It is also a favorite among Spanish speakers (the name Marco Antonio is ranked high in Mexico). As virile as the ancient god of war Mars, Marco is a strong, manly name. And given the association with Marco Polo, we found it fitting that the name’s numerology output is a Five – the natural adventurers. Marco has “European Cool” written all over him. It’s a confident name – potent, forceful and charming at the same time.
Popularity of the Boy Name Marco
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Marco
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Marco
Marco We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Marco.
Popular Songs on Marco
Man Called Marco - a song by Adam Ant
Marco-Polo - a song by Guttermouth [explicit]
Children's Books on the Baby Name Marco
Adventures of Marco Polo (Russell Freedman) - The name Marco Polo evokes images of faraway travels and exotic treasures: silks and spices, gold and jewels. Newbery Medal-winner Freedman takes readers along on Polo's journey in a book that is as beautiful as many of the sights the explorer observed. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Little Bear and the Marco Polo (Else Holmelund Minarik) - When Little Bear finds Grandfather’s sea captain outfit in the attic, Grandfather shows him something even more exciting— Grandfather’s boat! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Marco Polo Vuole Viaggiare: Marco Polo Wants to Travel (Claudia Cerulli) - Charming story about young Marco Polo, with color illustrations and dual-text pages (each one in Italian and English). The book introduces children to the Italian language with an easy-to-read tale, five pages of language activities, and a handy dictionary with all the key-words found in the story. Included: a map that shows Marco Polo's journey, and Historical Notes highlighting Marco Polo's life milestones and achievements. Large print suitable for young readers. Bilingual. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Too Busy Marco (Roz Chast) - Marco’s an interesting bird. Red-feathered, beady-eyed, baseball-capped, and surrounded by a million toys: chemistry sets, musical instruments, and board games, he has far too much to do to follow his mother’s bedtime commands. Just think of all the better ways to spend one’s time! So begin the wild fantasies, each one piggybacking on the other until all sense of time is joyously lost. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Who Was Marco Polo? (Joan Holub) - Marco Polo was seventeen when he set out for China…and forty-one when he came back! More than seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo traveled from the medieval city of Venice to the fabled kingdom of the great Kublai Khan, seeing new sights and riches that no Westerner had ever before witnessed. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Marco
Famous People Named Marco - Marco Polo (Italian explorer); Marco Andretti (Indy racecar driver)
Children of Famous People Named Marco
Famous People Who Named Their Son Marco - Jill Hennessy (actress); Michael Andretti (racecar driver)
Personality of the Boy Name Marco
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Marco