Clark name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Clark

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from California, U.S. says the name Clark is of Scottish origin and means "it originated as Clerk from Scottland not being a Scottish clan itself but a derivative group formed of those who were essentially scribes".
  2. According to a user from Georgia, U.S., the name Clark means "Gift of the god".
  3. According to a user from Georgia, U.S., the name Clark is of Grenadian origin and means "God, more God, and even more God".
  4. A submission from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Clark means "Archaic pronunciation of the title 'Clerk' in ancient Irish/Scottish/Celtic generally held the position of record keeper and therefore was one of the few literate people in the township" and is of English origin.
  5. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Clark means "My god" and is of English origin.
  6. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Clark means "Clerk" and is of Scottish origin.
  7. According to a user from Ghana, the name Clark means "A conqueror".
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  1. Canadian politician who served as prime minister (1939-)
  2. United States psychologist (born in Panama) whose research persuaded the Supreme Court that segregated schools were discriminatory (1914-2005)
  3. United States general who was Allied commander in Africa and Italy in World War II and was commander of the United Nations forces in Korea (1896-1984)
  4. United States explorer who (with Meriwether Lewis) led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River; Clark was responsible for making maps of the area (1770-1838)

From Old English clerc (“clergyman; learned man”), whence also clerk.

  1. An English and Scottish occupational surname for a scribe, secretary, or cleric.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A locale in the United States.
    1. A township in New Jersey; named for Declaration of Independence signatory Abraham Clark.
    2. A city, the county seat of Clark County, South Dakota.
    3. A borough of Pennsylvania.
    4. A city in Missouri; named for Confederate general John Bullock Clark Jr..
    5. A former settlement in California.
    6. An unincorporated community in Colorado.
    7. An unincorporated community in Nevada.
    8. An unincorporated community in Washington.
    9. An unincorporated community in West Virginia.
    10. An unincorporated communityt in Wisconsin.
  4. A locale in the Philippines.
    1. A freeport zone in Pampanga, site of a former United States Air Base.
    2. A development in Tarlac, the New Clark City.
    3. A special economic zone spanning Tarlac and Pampanga province.

Notable Persons Named Clark

Notable Persons Named Clark

Clark Gable

Clark Gable was an actor. He was most active from 1924 to 1960. Clark was given the name William Clark Gable on February 1st, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio. Clark is also known as The King (of Hollywood). He left this life on November 16th, 1960.

Clark Gregg

Clark Gregg is an actor, director, screenwriter, and voice actor. He was most prominent from 1988 to present. Clark was given the name Robert Clark Gregg on April 2nd, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts , U.S.

Clark Kent

Clark Kent is a comics character.

Clark Duke

Clark Duke is an actor. He was most active from 1992 to present. Clark was born on May 5th, 1985 in Glenwood, Arkansas.

Clark James Gable

Clark was born on September 20th, 1988. Clark is also known as Gable and James Clark.

Clark Johnson

Clark Johnson is an actor and director. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Clark was born on September 10th, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Clark

Notable Persons With the Last Name Clark

St. Vincent

St. Vincent is an art rock, baroque pop, indie rock, and indie pop musician. She was most active from 2003 to present. St. was given the name Anne Erin Clark on September 28th, 1982 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.

Marcia Clark

Marcia Clark is a prosecutor, author, television correspondent, and correspondent. Marcia was given the name Marcia Rachel Kleks on August 31st, 1953 in Berkeley, California.

Dick Clark

Dick Clark was a businessman, game show host, radio/television personality, radio personality, and celebrity. His career lasted from 1945 to 2012. Dick was given the name Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark Jr. on November 30th, 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York, U.S. Dick is also known as World's Oldest Living Teenager (nickname). He breathed his last breath on April 18th, 2012.

Petula Clark

Petula Clark is an actor, composer, and singing. She was most active from 1939 to 1939. Petula was given the name Petula Sally Olwen Clark on November 15th, 1932 in Epsom, Surrey, England.

Wesley Clark

Wesley Clark is a military person. His military service ended in 2000.

Roy Linwood Clark

Roy Linwood Clark is a country music musician. He plays Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Harmonica, Mandolin, and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1950. Roy was born on April 15th, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, U.S.

  • William Clark
  • Guy Clark
  • Jim Clark
    Formula One Racer
  • Christy Clark
    MLA for Westside-Kelowna
  • Ciaran Clark
    Soccer Player
  • Helen Clark
    8th Administrator of TheUnited Nations Development Programme
  • Larry Clark
  • Susan Clark
  • Mark W. Clark
    The Citadel
  • Candy Clark
  • Laurel Blair Salton Clark
    Flight Surgeon
  • James H. Clark
  • Blake Clark
    Stand-up Comedian
  • Mary Higgins Clark

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Clark U.S.
  White 74.65% 64.26%
  African American 19.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.01% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Clark

People with the last name Clark are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Clark

  • What name lists does Clark rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Clark? Clark is the 1,072nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Clark was the 27th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Clark have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 46,492 babies born with the first name Clark in the United States. That's more than enough people named Clark to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Clark? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 49 new born babies.
  • When was Clark first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Clark is Thursday, November 14th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Clark born? The highest recorded use of the first name Clark was in 1961 with a total of 879 babies.
  • Random Clark Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clark ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 16 babies in Utah have the same name in 1942.
  • Weird things about the name Clark: The name spelled backwards is Kralc. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Crakl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Clark? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 562,679 people with the last name Clark.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Clark? Clark was ranked as the 27th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Clark name meaning

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