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Markus

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Quick Facts on Markus

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • German, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 796
Pronunciation:
MAHR-kus
Simple meaning:
Mars, god of war (manly, virile)

Characteristics of Markus

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Markus

Markus is the German and Scandinavian form of Marcus. Marcus is one of the oldest and most common Roman forenames still in existence. In fact, back during antiquity and the classical era, Marcus was one of only a dozen or so given names used for boys. For instance, Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony) who lived in the first century B.C. was a notable name bearer. After Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 B.C., Antony joined together with Octavian and Lepidus to form the Second Triumvirate. This political alliance would later collapse when Octavian defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium (31 B.C.). Shortly thereafter Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra committed suicide. In the 2nd century A.D. 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 exact origin of the name is not entirely certain but most etymologists agree 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 is thematically the same thing as Mars). Despite the old Latin roots of Marcus and the many illustrious men of the Roman Republic and later Empire who bore this name, and despite Marcus’s connection to the Roman god of war; the main source of the name’s popularity among medieval European Christians is owed to Mark the Evangelist, author of the second gospel of the Old Testament. Written sometime in the middle of the first century A.D., Mark’s gospel deals with Christ as the Son of God and emphasizes how Jesus suffered for the sins of mankind. A native of Northern Africa himself, St. Mark is also credited with the establishment of Christianity in Egypt (the Muslims arrived later in the 7th century and today Islam dominates Egypt). The four gospel authors (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are among the most popular and enduring masculine names used by Christians since the Middle Ages. Other forms of Marcus/Mark in various languages are: Markos (Biblical Greek), Marc (Celtic), Marcel (French), Maleko (Hawaiian), Marco (Italian), Marcos (Spanish) and, of course, Markus among Germans and Scandinavians. Markus remains a heavily used name in Norway, Austria, Sweden and Germany.

Popularity of the Name Markus

Markus dates back to 1961 on the U.S. masculine naming charts. This form of the name has only done moderately well and is either restricted to parents of German/Nordic descent or parents who prefer different spellings of otherwise common names. No doubt, both Mark and Marcus have always been popular names among American baby boys. The Italian Marco and Spanish Marcos also fare quite well on the U.S. charts today. The French Marcel and another Spanish version, Marcelo, have also showed up to the party. Markus is not one of the preferred forms of Marcus in America today but he has managed to carve out a place for himself. The “k” is usually more common than the “c” in Northern European countries (Karl, Erik, Jakob, Lukas, etc). Somehow the “k” just gives the name a stronger, firmer and more decisive characteristic. Marcus looks genteel, but Markus looks more bad-ass.
Popularity of the Boy Name Markus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Markus

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Markus

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Markus

    Markus We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Markus.

  • Popular Songs on Markus

    Popular Songs on Markus

    Markus - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Markus.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Markus

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Markus

    Markus and the Girls (Klaus Hagerup) - The return of Markus, who's fallen in love again. Today Markus is in love with Ellen Christine; yesterday it was Therese, but that was after Elisabeth; in short, he's been in love with all the girls in his class in just two months of his first year at junior high. His best friend, Sigmund, is always there to help in his humorous pursuits of each girl, but sometimes he gets in the way. Markus's father isn't any help at all; he has only ever been in love with Markus's mother, who died when Markus was very young. With affection and charm, Klaus Hagerup depicts the daily ups and downs, joys and fears of a completely unusual, completely normal teenager and his first steps into the unpredictable world of love. This is the second book in the warm, humorous series about 13-year-old Markus. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Markus ist gemein - eine Mobbinggeschichte für Erstleser (Heike Schultz) - German Edition. Kindle. Willi ist verzweifelt. Seit Monaten wird er von Markus gehänselt, ausgelacht und immer wieder geärgert. Eines Tages kommt er total wütend aus der Schule, verschanzt sich in seinem Zimmer und möchte nie wieder in die Schule gehen. Willis Mutter ist zunächst ratlos, bleibt aber hartnäckig und führt so eine entspannende Situation herbei. Das Buch greift das Thema Mobbing auf, das längst auch in den untersten Klassenstufen immer akuter wird. Es soll bereits die jüngsten Leser in die Lage versetzen, zu erkennen, wenn sich in ihrer Schulklasse ähnliche Vorkommnisse ereignen oder wenn sie gar selbst betroffen sind. Sie sollen den Mut aufbringen, darüber zu reden und so schon im Anfangsstadium dagegen vorgehen. Die Kinder werden hier auch damit konfrontiert, dass Mobbing nicht immer körperliche Gewalt sein muss, sondern dass auch durch permanenten verbalen Druck explosive Gefühle entstehen können. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Puggle Tails: Breakfast with Charlie and Markus (Mark Andrew Gorup) - Breakfast with Markus and Charlie is a fun story that teaches kids that eating healthy can be delicious and fun! The story is about a boy named Markus and his Puggle named Charlie. Before running out the door to Markus' big game, Charlie teaches Markus an important lesson about breakfast. Read this exciting tale to see if the lesson helps Markus win the game. And be sure to enjoy the fun recipes in the back of book. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Puggle Tails: Snack Time with Markus and Charlie (Mark Andrew Gorup) - Snack Time with Markus and Charlie is a fun story that teaches kids that eating healthy can be delicious and fun! The story is about a boy named Markus and his Puggle named Charlie. While putting together a very difficult puzzle Markus and Charlie become hungry and lose their focus. But Charlie teaches Markus an important lesson about snacks. Read this exciting tale to see if the lesson helps Markus finish the puzzle. And be sure to enjoy the fun recipes in the back of book. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Markus

    Famous People Named Markus

    Famous People Named Markus - Markus Brier (Austrian golfer); Markus Merk (German football referee); Markus Näslund (Swedish hockey player); Markus Schulz (German trance music DJ); Markus Babbel (German footballer/coach); Markus Rogan (Austrian Olympic swimmer); Markus Rosenberg (Swedish footballer); Markus Wasmeier (German Olympic alpine skier)

  • Children of Famous People Named Markus

    Children of Famous People Named Markus

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Markus - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Markus.

  • Historic Figures

    Markus - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Markus - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Markus.

Personality of the Boy Name Markus

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Markus

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