Its source is marchis, an Old French name meaning "Lord of the borderlands."
The name Marquis ranked 465th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 856th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
This name is a title of nobility, and originally designated aristocrats whose holdings were situated in vulnerable border areas (the Marches). Its use as a personal name may have been influenced by names derived from the Latin Marcus.