Show ContentsMarcus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Marcus is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Marcus is a patronymic surname, which derives from the Latin given name Marcus. In the case of the Jewish surname Marcus, it is in many cases an Anglicization of any of several like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Marcus Ranking

In the United States, the name Marcus is the 1,829th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Marcus is ranked the 9,221st most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [2]


United States Marcus migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marcus Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isaac Marcus, who arrived in America in 1620 [3]
  • Charles Marcus, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [3]
Marcus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lorento Marcus, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1710
  • Hermann Marcus, who settled in Germantown in 1725
  • Peter Marcus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [3]
  • Simon Marcus, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [3]
Marcus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sophia Marcus, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [3]
  • David Marcus, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [3]
  • Elias Marcus, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [3]
  • Roeschen Marcus, who landed in New York in 1850 [3]
  • Samuel Marcus, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Marcus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Abe Marcus, who landed in Mississippi in 1900 [3]
  • Morris Marcus, who landed in Mississippi in 1903 [3]
  • Louis Marcus, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903 [3]
  • Hermann Marcus, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [3]

Australia Marcus migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Marcus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Marcus, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Marcus (post 1700) +

  • Frank I. Marcus (1928-2022), American cardiologist and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, author of more than 290 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and of 90 book chapters
  • Irwin M. Marcus (1919-2021), American board certified psychiatrist, neurologist, psychoanalyst, medical educator, visual artist, and sculptor, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • Christopher Lee Marcus (1979-2020), American basketball player from Chicago, Illinois, Sun Belt Player of the Year (2001)
  • Steven P. Marcus (1928-2018), American academic and literary critic, George Delacorte Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Columbia University
  • James Stewart Marcus (1929-2015), American philanthropist and investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera for eight years
  • Harold Stanley Marcus (1905-2002), American early President (1950-1972) and later Chairman of the board (1972-1976) of the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus
  • Amy Dockser Marcus, American reporter who won the 2005 Pulitzer prize for Beat Reporting
  • H. W. Marcus, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1952 [5]
  • Gerald D. Marcus, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964 [5]
  • George M. Marcus, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [5]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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