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Kirk

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68k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kirk

"Kirk" is a name of Scandinavian origin, and it means "Church". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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
Wiktionary

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): Scots

Notable Persons Named Kirk

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kirk

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 0 6
1882 10 0 10
1884 8 0 8
1885 9 0 9
1888 7 0 7
1890 5 0 5
1891 7 0 7
1892 12 0 12
1893 6 0 6
1895 5 0 5
1897 6 0 6
1898 7 0 7
1900 5 0 5
1901 11 0 11
1902 10 0 10
1904 9 0 9
1905 10 0 10
1906 5 0 5
1908 6 0 6
1909 12 0 12
1910 13 0 13
1911 11 0 11
1912 18 0 18
1913 23 0 23
1914 30 0 30
1915 41 0 41
1916 38 0 38
1917 39 0 39
1918 32 0 32
1919 39 0 39
1920 36 0 36
1921 27 0 27
1922 41 0 41
1923 44 0 44
1924 50 0 50
1925 42 0 42
1926 36 0 36
1927 32 0 32
1928 37 0 37
1929 42 0 42
1930 45 0 45
1931 44 0 44
1932 34 0 34
1933 30 0 30
1934 60 0 60
1935 61 0 61
1936 53 0 53
1937 72 0 72
1938 80 0 80
1939 105 0 105
1940 131 0 131
1941 165 0 165
1942 170 0 170
1943 209 0 209
1944 220 0 220
1945 209 0 209
1946 248 0 248
1947 334 0 334
1948 338 0 338
1949 731 0 731
1950 1,030 0 1,030
1951 1,003 0 1,003
1952 1,130 8 1,122
1953 1,229 0 1,229
1954 1,377 0 1,377
1955 1,636 6 1,630
1956 1,901 0 1,901
1957 2,191 8 2,183
1958 2,341 7 2,334
1959 2,410 0 2,410
1960 2,461 12 2,449
1961 2,519 5 2,514
1962 2,556 0 2,556
1963 2,494 8 2,486
1964 2,240 9 2,231
1965 2,063 6 2,057
1966 1,850 7 1,843
1967 2,002 8 1,994
1968 2,018 7 2,011
1969 2,095 9 2,086
1970 1,931 13 1,918
1971 1,756 10 1,746
1972 1,350 0 1,350
1973 1,215 0 1,215
1974 1,132 10 1,122
1975 1,001 0 1,001
1976 890 0 890
1977 886 5 881
1978 724 8 716
1979 807 0 807
1980 796 8 788
1981 717 0 717
1982 669 9 660
1983 639 7 632
1984 691 0 691
1985 681 0 681
1986 649 7 642
1987 730 7 723
1988 810 7 803
1989 843 0 843
1990 697 0 697
1991 562 0 562
1992 515 0 515
1993 424 6 418
1994 379 0 379
1995 315 0 315
1996 303 0 303
1997 317 0 317
1998 231 0 231
1999 221 0 221
2000 188 0 188
2001 178 0 178
2002 161 0 161
2003 158 0 158
2004 140 0 140
2005 141 0 141
2006 121 0 121
2007 124 0 124
2008 95 0 95
2009 111 0 111
2010 102 0 102
2011 96 0 96
2012 97 0 97
2013 112 0 112
2014 103 0 103
2015 92 0 92
2016 79 0 79

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Popularity of Kirk as a first name

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Popularity of Kirk as a last name

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Common last names for Kirk

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

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

  • How Popular is the name Kirk? Kirk is the 829th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 67,691 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 2,556 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kirk!
  • Random Kirk Factoid: According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kirk ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 36 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1964.
  • Weird things about the name Kirk: Your name in reverse order is Krik. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rikk. 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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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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