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If you were born in late March or early April that means you are an Aries (the ram). I chose Mars to be today's name because Aries is ruled under Mars, and there is a powerful connection between the planet Mars and the month of March. Mars was the Roman god of war, said to be as ruthless as he was handsome, with a gentle side seldom seen (he was the lover of Aphrodite, said to be most beautiful). His celebrations were mainly held in March. The red planet has two moons, Phobos and Deimos. (For you Sailor Moon fans out there, those were the names of Sailor Mars's crows.) Not only was the planet named for the god, but so was the month of March, making this a suitable name for a baby boy born this month. It is also important to note that Ares was the other name for Mars, so what a coincidence that his Greek name is one letter short of March's astrological sign Aries. The ram is also a truly fitting animal for an Aries, its hard-headed, strong-willed character matching that of the god Mars.

This is a truly testosterone driven name, much more so than Hunter or Mason. In 2010 there were only 14 baby boys named Mars. In 2011 it went up  to 23 boys. There were also 97 boys named Aries in 2011. By 2015 it only increased to 27 boys given the name.

The names Marcel, Marcella, Marceline, Marcus & that family all mean "of Mars."

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  1. Mars also happens to be the French word for March. It is quite associated with war, but I would say that so does Hunter and Archer - and parents love them.

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  2. I love Mars -- if my child had been a boy, she'd have been Marlon, nickname Mars.

    Erykah Badu used it for her daughter -- and I like it for a girl, too.

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