Clark

First Name
45k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
563k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Clark

"Clark" is a name of English origin, and it means "Clerk". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  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)
Wiktionary
  1. An English occupational surname​, variant of Clarke, for someone who was either a scribe or priest / cleric (see clerk)
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Clark

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.

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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.

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Clark Kent is a comics character.

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

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

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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.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Clark

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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How popular is the baby name Clark in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 49 0 49
1881 66 0 66
1882 54 0 54
1883 45 0 45
1884 55 0 55
1885 45 0 45
1886 49 0 49
1887 54 0 54
1888 45 0 45
1889 51 0 51
1890 51 0 51
1891 36 0 36
1892 61 0 61
1893 50 0 50
1894 50 0 50
1895 53 0 53
1896 58 0 58
1897 58 0 58
1898 42 0 42
1899 46 0 46
1900 75 0 75
1901 52 0 52
1902 31 0 31
1903 49 0 49
1904 46 0 46
1905 48 0 48
1906 53 0 53
1907 43 0 43
1908 54 0 54
1909 51 0 51
1910 71 0 71
1911 68 0 68
1912 187 0 187
1913 191 0 191
1914 242 0 242
1915 289 0 289
1916 336 0 336
1917 345 0 345
1918 334 7 327
1919 327 0 327
1920 313 5 308
1921 357 0 357
1922 326 0 326
1923 333 5 328
1924 283 0 283
1925 272 0 272
1926 264 0 264
1927 293 0 293
1928 241 0 241
1929 243 0 243
1930 260 5 255
1931 243 0 243
1932 336 0 336
1933 370 0 370
1934 428 0 428
1935 376 0 376
1936 437 0 437
1937 433 0 433
1938 487 0 487
1939 396 0 396
1940 426 0 426
1941 456 0 456
1942 539 0 539
1943 510 6 504
1944 437 0 437
1945 429 5 424
1946 523 0 523
1947 596 0 596
1948 551 0 551
1949 600 5 595
1950 625 0 625
1951 634 0 634
1952 637 0 637
1953 646 0 646
1954 717 0 717
1955 725 0 725
1956 707 0 707
1957 642 5 637
1958 671 0 671
1959 633 0 633
1960 607 0 607
1961 878 0 878
1962 805 5 800
1963 729 0 729
1964 668 0 668
1965 624 0 624
1966 529 0 529
1967 478 9 469
1968 431 5 426
1969 411 0 411
1970 382 0 382
1971 323 0 323
1972 274 0 274
1973 226 0 226
1974 197 0 197
1975 226 0 226
1976 197 0 197
1977 256 0 256
1978 217 0 217
1979 244 0 244
1980 262 0 262
1981 261 0 261
1982 305 0 305
1983 327 5 322
1984 302 0 302
1985 284 0 284
1986 321 5 316
1987 298 0 298
1988 318 0 318
1989 345 5 340
1990 341 0 341
1991 303 0 303
1992 284 8 276
1993 270 6 264
1994 268 0 268
1995 285 0 285
1996 261 0 261
1997 250 5 245
1998 222 0 222
1999 226 0 226
2000 218 0 218
2001 201 0 201
2002 211 0 211
2003 220 0 220
2004 262 0 262
2005 251 6 245
2006 323 0 323
2007 392 7 385
2008 341 0 341
2009 336 0 336
2010 340 5 335
2011 392 7 385
2012 472 0 472
2013 627 12 615
2014 818 7 811
2015 881 15 866
2016 881 16 865
2017 875 20 855

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Popularity of Clark as a first name

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Popularity of Clark as a last name

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Common last names for Clark

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • White
  • Hall
  • Thompson
  • Lewis
  • Wood
  • Baker
  • Thomas

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 1,077th 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 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44,781 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 878 babies.
  • Random Clark Factoid: According to the 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clark ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 13 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1929.
  • Weird things about the name Clark: Your name in reverse order is Kralc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aklrc. 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!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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