MARCUS: A Latin form of Mark. Marcus has become increasingly popular, perhaps in an effort to select a traditional name with a slightly different twist. Relatives: Marilo, Marc, Mark. Namesakes: Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Allen, Marcus Garvey, "Dr. Marcus Welby."
MARCY: A name originally derived as a nickname for any name that began with "Mar." Relatives: Marcey, Marci, Marsi, Marsy, Marsie.
MARGARET: From the Latin for "pearl." This name and all its variations have been consistently popular throughout the world for generations. The wide variety of nicknames makes this a good choice for insecure parents. Relations: Margareta, Margarita, Margita, Margery, Margory, Marjorie, Marjory, Marget, Margret, Margette, Margalo, Marguerite, Margarida, Margiad, Margherita, Margarethe, Maergrethe, Margaretha, Margalith, Mairghread, Margo, Marjoe, Marga, Margot, Margaux, Marge, Margie, Marta, Madge, Mag, Magee, Maggie, Mamie, Maymie, Maisie, Meg, Meggie, Midge, Gretchen, Gretel, Gretle, Greta, Grete, Garet, Peg, Peggy, Reta, Rita. Namesakes: Margaret, a patron saint of Scotland and one of the virgin martyrs of the third centry, Margaret Rose Charlton, Margaret Mitchell, princess Margaret, Margaret Thatcher, Margaux (the wine and the Hemingway), Marguerite Duras, Margot Fonteyn, frozen margarita.
MARIA: a Latin version of Mary. There are several show-stopping numbers in various musicals dedicated to Maria. The usual pronunciation is "Ma-re-a," but might consider using "Ma-reye-a," a pretty variation. Relatives: Mary, Marya, Mariah, Marie. Namesakes: Maria Shriver, Maria von Trapp, Maria Callas.