Mars

Mars is the name of the god of war in Roman mythology, making Ares his Greek counterpart, although Mars played a more prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. Mars is also the name of a planet. Much like the previous two posts, I consider this a unisex name. As for the etymology of his name, it’s of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible that Mars is related to a much older source, perhaps from Etruscan Maris (the god of fertility and agriculture), his name of unknown meaning. Mars could also be a contracted form of an older name, Mavorsa cognate of Oscan Mamers, which could possibly be related to Latin mah or margh (to cut) and vor (to turn) essentially meaning “turner of the battle”. Mars could also be derived from the same Proto-Indian-European root as Sanskrit marici meaning “ray of light”, or Proto-Indian-European mer meaning “to die”. It could also be associated with Latin marceo meaning “to (cause to) wither” and “to (make) shrivel” and Latin marcus meaning “hammer”, which would make sense since Mars is the god of war. Mars is also an English and French surname.

Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European

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