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  • When was the first name Dark first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dark is Sunday, May 3rd, 1891.
  • How unique is the name Dark? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dark. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Dark: Your name in reverse order is Krad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dark. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dark? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,507 people with the last name Dark.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dark? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dark as their last name since less than 1 person in 118k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dark U.S.
  White 63.66% 64.26%
  African American 20.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.36% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.95% 16.26%

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People with the last name Dark are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Dark" mean? The list below shows the origins of Dark as well as things modernly associated with the name Dark such as celebrities named Dark.


Origin and Meaning of Dark

The name "Dark" is of American origin, and it means "Little or No Light". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Dark
  1. Destitute, or partially destitute, of light; not receiving, reflecting, or radiating light; wholly or partially black, or of some deep shade of color; not light-colored; as, a dark room; a dark day; dark cloth; dark paint; a dark complexion. "O dark dark dark, amid the blaze of noon, Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse Without all hope of day!" [Milton.]"In the dark and silent grave." [Sir W. Raleigh.]
  2. Not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through; obscure; mysterious; hidden."The dark problems of existence." [Shairp.]"What may seem dark at the first, will afterward be found more plain." [Hooker.]"What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light word?" [Shak.]
  3. Destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant."The age wherein he lived was dark, but he Could not want light who taught the world to see." [Denhan.]"The tenth century used to be reckoned by mediæval historians as the darkest part of this intellectual night." [Hallam.]
  4. Evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked; atrocious; as, a dark villain; a dark deed. "Left him at large to his own dark designs." [Milton.]
  5. Foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious."More dark and dark our woes." [Shak.]"A deep melancholy took possesion of him, and gave a dark tinge to all his views of human nature." [Macaulay.]"There is, in every true woman-s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity." [W. Irving.]
  6. Deprived of sight; blind.(Obs)"He was, I think, at this time quite dark, and so had been for some years." [Evelyn.]

Note: Dark is sometimes used to qualify another adjective; as, dark blue, dark green, and sometimes it forms the first part of a compound; as, dark-haired, dark-eyed, dark-colored, dark-seated, dark-working.

Etymology: OE. dark derk deork, AS. dearc deorc; cf. Gael. & Ir. dorch dorcha, dark, black, dusky

noun Dark
  1. Absence of light; darkness; obscurity; a place where there is little or no light."Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out." [Shak.]
  2. The condition of ignorance; gloom; secrecy."Look, what you do, you do it still i' th' dark." [Shak.]"Till we perceive by our own understandings, we are as much in the dark, and as void of knowledge, as before." [Locke.]
  3. [Fine Arts] A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, or the like; as, the light and darks are well contrasted."The lights may serve for a repose to the darks, and the darks to the lights." [Dryden.]
verb Dark
To darken; to obscure.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An unenlightened state ("he was in the dark concerning their intentions" and "his lectures dispelled the darkness")
  2. An unilluminated area ("he moved off into the darkness")
  3. Absence of light or illumination
  4. Absence of moral or spiritual values ("the powers of darkness")
  5. The time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
  6. Not giving performances; closed ("the theater is dark on Mondays")
  7. Brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes) ("dark eyes")
  8. Devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black ("sitting in a dark corner", "a dark day", "dark shadows", and "dark as the inside of a black cat")
  9. Causing dejection ("the dark days of the war" and "a dark gloomy day")
  10. (used of color) having a dark hue ("dark green", "dark glasses", and "dark colors like wine red or navy blue")
  11. Marked by difficulty of style or expression ("much that was dark is now quite clear to me")
  12. Lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture ("the dark ages" and "a dark age in the history of education")
  13. Stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable ("Darth Vader of the dark side", "a dark purpose", and "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility")
  14. Showing a brooding ill humor ("a dark scowl")
  15. Secret ("keep it dark")

From Middle English derk, from Old English deorc (“dark, obscure, gloomy, without light, dreadful, horrible, sad, cheerless, sinister, wicked”), from Proto-Germanic *derkaz (“dark”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰerg- (“dim, dull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“dull, dirty”). Cognate with Middle High German derken, terken (“to darken, sully”) and Persian تاریک (tārīk, “dark”).

  1. A complete or (more often) partial absence of light.
    surrounds us completely.
  2. (uncountable) Ignorance.
    We kept him in the .
    The lawyer was left in the as to why the jury was dismissed.
  3. (uncountable) Nightfall.
    It was after before we got to playing baseball.
  4. A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, etc.

dark was also found in the following language(s): Italian

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dark

Alvin Dark

Alvin Dark was a baseball player. Alvin was born on January 7th, 1922 in Comanche, Oklahoma. He breathed his last breath on November 13th, 2014.


Gregory Dark

Gregory Dark is a film director, producer, and writer. Gregory was given the name Gregory Hippolyte Brown on July 12th, 1957.


Johnny Dark

Johnny Dark is a comedian. Johnny was given the name John J. Koletes in New York City.


Danny Dark

Danny Dark was a voice actor, voice-over performer, and announcer. He was most active from 1958 to 2004. Danny was given the name Daniel Melville Croskery on December 19th, 1938 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. Danny is also known as Croskery and Daniel Melville. He breathed his last breath on June 13th, 2004.


Simon Dark

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Christopher Dark

Christopher Dark was an actor. He was most active from 1955 to 1955. Christopher was given the name Alfred Francis DeLeo on April 21st, 1920 in New York. Christopher is also known as Alfred Francis DeLeo. He left this life on October 10th, 1971.

  • Eleanor Dark
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  • Kimberly Dark

What does the name Dark mean?

Dis for dazzle, the sparkle of you.

Ais for adaptable, whenever things change

Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

Kis for kindness, you always show.

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