Meaning: Its source is marah scalc, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "Horse keeper."
Origin: "marah scalc."
Alternative Spellings: Marshal
Popularity: The name Marshall ranked 351st in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 285th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
Narrative: This was an occupational name for the servant in charge of a great family's horses. In time it evolved into a title for aristocrats who performed certain ceremonial functions at a royal court.
Perhaps because of the sound-alike Latin name Martial (derived from the name of Roman war god Mars) it came to be used as the name for the highest possible military rank.
In the U.S., it is the title of law officers charged with the local enforcement of federal statutes.
Arts and Music
- Marshall Crenshaw
American musician, singer and songwriter.
- Wrote ''''There She Goes Again'''' and ''''Brand New Lover'''' (see list of Songwriters)
- Marshall N. Carter
- CEO of Fortune 500 company State Street Boston Corporation (see list of 1996 Fortune 500 Company CEOs)
- Marshall Field (born 1834, died 1906)
American businessman and philanthropist.
- Founded the department-store chain that bears his name (see list of Miscellaneous Business Leaders)
- Marshall McLuhan (born 1911, died 1980)
Canadian media theorist and author who coined the phrase ''the medium is the message.''
- Born in Edmonton, Alberta (see list of Famous Canadians)
Science and Philosophy
- Marshall W. Nirenberg (born 1927)
American biochemist known for his work on the genetic code.
- 1968 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology/Medicine, with Robert Holley and Har Khorana (see list of Winners of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine)
- 1964 National Medal of Science winner (see list of National Medal of Science Winners)
- Marshall N. Rosenbluth (born 1927)
Leader in the development of modern plasma theory
- 1997 National Medal of Science winner (Physical Sciences) (see list of National Medal of Science Winners)
- Marshall H. Stone
- 1982 National Medal of Science winner (see list of National Medal of Science Winners)
- Marshall Faulk
American football player.
- 1994 National Football League Rookie of the Year (see list of NFL Rookies of the Year)
- Marshall Holman
- Member of the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame (see list of Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame)
- Marshall Wayne
- 1936 Olympic gold medal winner for Platform Diving (see list of Olympic Gold Medalists in Platform Diving)
Stage and Screen
- Marshall Lincoln Kramer III
- Character on the soap opera ''''Another World'''' (see list of Characters on ''Another World'')
- Marshall Neilan
- Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television (see list of Movie Personalities with Stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
- Marshall Reed (born 1917, died 1980)
- Portrayed John Curtis Willard from 1978-81 (see list of Actors on ''The Waltons'')
- Field Marshall
- Marshall Dillon
Meaning: Its source is marah scalc, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "Hostler."
Origin: "marah scalc."
Alternative Spellings: Marshell
Popularity: The name Marshall ranked 4219th in popularity for females 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 usually reserved for boys. In part, it could owe its place on the US Census popularity list to incorrectly filled-out census forms.