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Type Surname (from occupation & from nickname)
Pronounced Pron. Mar-Ki(French) mahr-KEE(English) MAHR-kwəs(English) mahr-KEES(English)  [key]
Other Forms FormsLemarquis (French), Marques, Marquess, Marquiss (English)

Meaning & History

for someone who behaved like a marquis or an occupational name for a servant in the household of a marquis, from Old Northern French marquis. The title originally referred to the governor of a border territory (from a Germanic word; compare march and marka). Marquises did not form part of the original French feudal structure of nobility; the title was first adopted by the Counts of Toulouse because of their possessions in the border region beyond the Rhône. Cognate of Marchesi.
Added 10/10/2021 by Paradiso36
Edited 1/14/2024 by Paradiso36