Kirk name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kirk mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Kirk

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. 3 submissions from North Carolina, U.S. agree the name Kirk means "Church" and is of Scottish origin.
  2. A user from Michigan, U.S. says the name Kirk is of Celtic origin and means "Church, temple of Christ".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kirk
A church or the church, in the various senses of the word; esp., the Church of Scotland as distinguished from other reformed churches, or from the Roman Catholic Church.

Etymology: Scot.; cf. Icel. kirkja, of Greek origin. See Church

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Scottish church

From kirk (“church”).

  1. (chiefly Britain) The Presbyterian Church of Scotland.
  2. A habitational surname​.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Kirk was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano and Scots

Notable Persons Named Kirk

Notable Persons Named Kirk

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas is an actor, producer, director, and author. His career lasted from 1942 to 2008. Kirk was given the name Issur Danielovitch on December 9th, 1916 in Amsterdam (city), New York. Kirk is also known as Izzy Demsky.

Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett is a heavy metal music, thrash metal, hard rock, and speed metal musician. He plays ESP Kirk Hammett, Gibson Les Paul Junior, Gibson Flying V, Jackson King V, Gibson Les Paul Custom, Epiphone Les Paul, and Fender Stratocaster. He was most active from 1979 to present. Kirk was given the name Kirk Lee Hammett on November 18th, 1962 in San Francisco, California, United States.

Kirk Cameron

Kirk Cameron is an actor, evangelist, tv show host, and evangelism. He has had major accomplishments since 1979. Kirk was given the name Kirk Thomas Cameron on October 12th, 1970 in Panorama City, California, U.S.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins is a football player for the Washington Redskins. Kirk was born on August 19th, 1988 in Barrington, Illinois.

Kirk Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich is a basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, and Washington Wizards in the National Basketball Association. He has been prominent since 2003. Kirk was born on January 2nd, 1981 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin is a christian hip hop and urban contemporary gospel musician, songwriter, record producer, choir director, and choir. He was most prominent from 1992 to present. Kirk was given the name Kirk Dewayne Franklin on January 26th, 1970 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kirk

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kirk

Mark Kirk

Mark Kirk is an office holder. His military service ended in 2013. Mark was born on September 15th, 1959 in Champaign, Illinois.

Justin Kirk

Justin Kirk is an actor. He was most active from 1995 to present. Justin was born on May 28th, 1969 in Salem, Oregon, U.S.

Tommy Kirk

Tommy Kirk is an actor/businessman, actor, and businessperson. His most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to 1996. Tommy was given the name Thomas Lee Kirk on December 10th, 1941 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk was an author, historian, and literary criticism. Russell was born on October 19th, 1918 in United States. He passed away on April 29th, 1994.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a jazz, hard bop, soul jazz, post-bop, avant-garde jazz, and mainstream jazz saxophone, flute, composer, arrangement, and bandleader. He plays Tenor saxophone, Clarinet, Saxophone, Nose flute, Flute, Cor anglais, Keyboard instrument, and Percussion instrument. He holds the title Flute, Black mystery pipes, and Saxophones. He was most prominent from 1955 to 1977. Rahsaan was given the name Ronald Theodore Kirk on August 7th, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. He left this life on December 5th, 1977.

Christina Kirk

Christina Kirk is an actress. Christina was born on November 10th, 1970 in New York City.

  • Paul Kirk
    Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
  • Phyllis Kirk
  • Ron Kirk
    16th United States Trade Representative
  • Theodore Van Kirk
    Military Person
  • Norman Kirk
    Office Holder
  • Andy Kirk
  • Michael Kirk
  • Robert Kirk
  • Richard Harold Kirk
  • Jr. Claude Roy Kirk
    Governor of Florida
  • Brett Kirk
    Australian Rules Football Player
  • Jennifer Kirk
    Figure Skater
  • Grayson L. Kirk
    Office Holder
  • Alan Goodrich Kirk

Common last names for Kirk

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Walker
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Edwards
  • Moore
  • Scott

Common first names for Kirk

  • William
  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Margaret
  • Helen
  • Dorothy
  • Joseph
  • Anna
  • Ruth
  • Edward
  • Elizabeth
  • Richard
  • David
  • Walter
  • Frank

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kirk U.S.
  White 82.37% 64.26%
  African American 10.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.29% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.06% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kirk

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

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Fun Facts about the name Kirk

  • What name lists does Kirk rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kirk? Kirk is the 854th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kirk was the 623rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kirk have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 67,925 babies born with the first name Kirk in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kirk to occupy the territory of Bermuda (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 64,237 (as of May 20, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kirk? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Kirk first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kirk is Friday, December 8th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Kirk born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kirk was in 1962 with a total of 2,554 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kirk!
  • Random Kirk Factoid: According to the 1967 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kirk ranks 87th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 10 babies in New Hampshire have the same name in 1967.
  • Weird things about the name Kirk: The name spelled backwards is Krik. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rkik. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kirk? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 54,394 people with the last name Kirk.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kirk? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Kirk as their last name.
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