Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Marquessa f. 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.

France
Latin
1273 Marquesia (nom) RegToul-13thC p. 40, Marquesiam (acc) ibid. p. 40
Spain
Latin
1488 Marquesia (nom) carbonell-I p. 25; 1490 Marquesia (nom) ibid. p. 48; 1492 Marquesia (nom) ibid. p. 67
Catalan
1510 Marquesa valencia1510 2654
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Marquessa". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Marquessa.