Weekend Post: March as a Name? Yes or No?

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I recognise that this is 7 days late at the very least, but all of a sudden I’m thinking about March as a name. Yes, the month of March can inspire plenty of other names, but what about March itself? It derives from the Roman name Martius, which comes from Mars, the God of War who also gave his name to the Red Planet; the French simply use Mars as the French word for March.

Mary and Martha are both considered classics, then we have Mara, Maria, Marie, Mariette, Mariel – admittedly most of these are just offshoots of the name Mary, but you get my point? Mar- is a classic way to start a name, but there are also less-than-classic Mar- names as well, such as Marley.

I think March sits in the land in between these two categories, it’s not exactly a nouveau name, but it’s not a timeless classic either.

What it is, however, is the name of an Earldom, which must score it some brownie points. The Earldom of March has been created in the both the Peerage of Scotland and the Peerage of England; being held be several families which owned lands in the border districts between either England and Wales or England and Scotland. Later on the title ceased to carry any kind of associated power in those particular areas. Currently there is an Earl of March and Kinrare by the name of Charles Gordon-Lennox who is the heir apparent to the title of Duke of Richmond; it’s worth noting that out of the 10 bearers of the latter title, all but one (the 9th) was called Charles.

March was also the name of an F1 team, March Engineering, moderately successful in the Formula 1 format, and even more so in lower down categories, such as Formula 2 and Formula 3. It’s name derived from the names of the four founders: Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd. The demise of the team occured in the late 80s, spurred on by an economic downturn. Andrew Fitton applied for a team called March to re-enter F1 for the 2010 season, but it was turned down by the FIA (the governing body of F1).

You may know that it is often the case in aristocratic families that the members of the family take their title name as their surname, in that, young Prince Harry of Wales is known as Harry Wales when engaging in his army duties. Aside from this, there are plenty of occasions of the non-aristocratic wearing March as a surname.

In the book, Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, the surname of the four sisters (Amy, Elizabeth ‘Beth’, Josephine ‘Jo’ and Margaret ‘Meg’) is March. Another notable family of siblings with the surname March is a family of artists born in the late 19th century. The seven siblings, plus their sister who never became an artist are:

  • Dudley
  • Edward
  • Elsie
  • Eva
  • Frederick
  • Percival
  • Sydney
  • Vernon
  • Walter

March certainly has the charm appeal, so maybe it is simply a case of convincing the unconvinced about the worth of using her. She’s a word, a month, a peerage and surname – giving her a vaster winning set of ingredients than some possess. Yes, she’s strongly associated with the month, but that did not stop 154 sets of parents using the name April in 2010 in England&Wales (+ a startlingly low number of 4 sets of parents using June).

Thus, the question:

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2 thoughts on “Weekend Post: March as a Name? Yes or No?

  1. March is my cousin’s first name. Although he was born in March, that was a lucky coincidence. His mother always really liked the name and was going to name him March regardless of what month he was born. I guess she was 17 years ahead?


  2. I think if you were a tall handsome couple you could think you’d have a tall handsome son, and a tall, handsome man named March would make me smile 🙂 It goes well with almost any surname, too. But it’s still probably not mainstream enough be pulled off on just anybody.


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