Fem. of Old French markis, marchis 'marquis' from Latin marchensis, from Old High German marka 'march; fortified area along a border'.
This word, while more commonly known as a title, was used as a personal name in the Middle Ages.
- ● 1273 Marquesia (nom) RegToul-13thC p. 40,
Marquesiam (acc) ibid. p. 40
- ● 1488 Marquesia (nom) carbonell-I p. 25;
1490 Marquesia (nom) ibid. p. 48;
1492 Marquesia (nom) ibid. p. 67
- ● 1510 Marquesa valencia1510 2654
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Marquessa". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Marquessa.