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Quick Facts on Marshall

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 328
Simple meaning:
Horse servant

Characteristics of Marshall

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Marshall

Marshall is the transferred use of an English surname originally derived from a Norman French occupation name (mareschal) signifying a person who looked after horses. Marshall ultimately comes from the Germanic elements “marah” meaning ‘horse’ and “scalc” meaning ‘servant’. A marshall held a position of particular significance given the vital importance of horses and their military function in society dating back to antiquity. The Lord Chief Marshall held a high position within a noble household or office of state. This surname dates back to the 11th century Domesday Book and was originally recorded as Marescal. By the time Marshall was a fixed name it denoted a ‘shoeing smith’ and later the Marshall’s horse-related occupation became largely ceremonial. As a given name, Marshall is one of the older surnames in use as a masculine personal name dating back to at least the 19th century.

Popularity of the Name Marshall

Marshall has maintained a position on the American male naming charts since 1880 (the first year the U.S. government began tracking naming trends). During the 19th century, Marshall as a masculine given name may have been influenced by John Marshall, a long serving Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1801-1835). His court opinions played a large role in laying the foundation of Constitutional Law and raising the Court’s stature as an equal branch of government along with the executive and legislative bodies. At the turn of the 20th century, Marshall was a name enjoying respectable moderate use (on the Top 200 list of most favored boy names). As the decades progressed into the last century, Marshall slowly declined to lower levels of moderate popularity. Interestingly, another important Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, also held this surname. Appointed in 1965 by LBJ, Thurgood Marshall holds the distinction as the first African-American to serve on the nation’s highest court. We were surprised to see that the hugely successful rap artist Marshall Mathers (aka Eminem) did little to bolster the popularity of his name at the turn of the 21st century. Marshall Eriksen is also a central character in the popular sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”. The easy-going, ever-optimistic Marshall is played by the loveable Jason Segel. Marshall reminds us of Kendall, Randall, Maxwell and even Mitchell. It’s a cool name. Marshall is an esteemed surname turned first name. It feels gentlemanly old-fashioned yet strongly masculine and modern all at the same time.
Popularity of the Boy Name Marshall
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Marshall

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Marshall

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Marshall

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

  • Popular Songs on Marshall

    Popular Songs on Marshall

    Marshall Mathers - a song by Eminem [explicit]

    The Marshall Plan - a song by Blue Oyster Cult

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Marshall

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Marshall

    Marshall "Major" Taylor: World Champion Bicyclist, 1899-1901 (Marlene Targ Brill) - This Trailblazer Biographies entry profiles Marshall Taylor, an African American bicyclist who, despite facing prejudice in racing and in life, achieved world renown at the turn of the last century. Following an introductory author's note, Brill's accessible, personable prose vividly relates Taylor's experiences, from the childhood trick-cycling gig that earned him his nickname, Major (inspired by his military costume), to his later triumphs as the first black world cycling champion. Darker moments are also covered, including his painful struggles with racism and his eventual plunge into obscurity, where he remained until after his death. Sidebars highlight American bicycle-racing history and Jim Crow laws; visuals include archival photos and ephemera. Although source notes are provided for quotations, many of which come from Taylor's autobiography, attribution is missing from passages that imply knowledge about the athlete's state of mind. Still, such dramatized segments add intimacy to the narrative and throughout, this inspiring life story will engage children, whether or not they are cycling enthusiasts. The useful end matter includes resources for further research. Rosenfeld, Shelle Booklist. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School (David Mackintosh) - Marshall Armstrong is new to school and definitely stands out from the crowd, with his pale skin, perpetual hats, and special “space food” lunches that come in silver wrappers. He doesn’t play sports, and he doesn’t watch television. So when he invites everyone in class over for his birthday party, it’s sure to be a disaster. Or is it? Marshall Armstrong might have a trick or two up his long, “sun protective” sleeve. David Mackintosh’s story, with its bold design and sharply humorous observations, is a highly original take on the popular theme of the difficulties of being the new kid and making friends. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse: A Tail of the U.S. Supreme Court (Cheryl Shaw Barnes) - Children learn about the Supreme Court and the legal system through the work of Marshall J. Mouse, Chief Justice of the United Mice of America. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marshall, the Sea Dog (Whitney Stewart) - A History of Life-Saving & Notable Nantucket Shipwrecks - A Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum Book. Soundprints and the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum are pleased to showcase this special-edition book, covering the real-life rescue story of Marshall, the Newfoundland dog, and the people aboard the W.F. Marshall in 1877. Also included is a tear-out map, suitable for framing. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Surf War!: A Folktale from the Marshall Islands (Margaret Read MacDonald) - The outcome of this timely yet timeless nature tale from Micronesia suggests we are all connected in the ecological chain. Whale and Sandpiper engage in a boasting contest over who rules the shoreline, which escalates to nearly destroy the ocean and beach altogether, as well as the creatures and shorebirds who inhabit it. A story about conflict resolution and ecological stewardship is embedded in a jaunty, humorous, colorful presentation. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Thurgood Marshall (Montrew Dunham) - A biography emphasizing the childhood of the man who became the first African-American to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Marshall

    Famous People Named Marshall

    Famous People Named Marshall - Marshall Bruce Mathers III (aka Eminem, rap musician); Marshall Allman (actor); Marshall Bell (actor); Marshall Crenshaw (musician); Marshall Faulk (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Marshall

    Children of Famous People Named Marshall

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Marshall - Peyton Manning (football player)

  • Historic Figures

    Marshall - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Marshall

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Marshall

  • No Variations Found.
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