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Mark

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1.4m
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mark

"Mark" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Warlike". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mark
A license of reprisals. See Marque.
noun Mark
Senses
  1. An old weight and coin. See Marc."Lend me a mark." [Chaucer.]
  2. The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money (1913); the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value. The unit was retained by subsequent German states up to the time of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1995, the value was approximately 65 cents American. In 1999 it began to be superseded by the Euro as a unit of currency in Germany and throughout much of the European union.

Etymology: See 2d Marc

noun Mark
Senses
  1. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a trace."The Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." [Gen. iv. 15.]
    1. A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark.
    2. A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write.
      "The mark of the artisan is found upon the most ancient fabrics that have come to light." [Knight.]
  2. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a sea mark, a land mark .
  3. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark ."I have some marks of yours upon my pate." [Shak.]
  4. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character."The confusion of tongues was a mark of separation." [Bacon.]
  5. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach."France was a fairer mark to shoot at than Ireland." [Davies.]"Whate'er the motive, pleasure is the mark." [Young.]
  6. Attention, regard, or respect."As much in mock as mark." [Shak.]
  7. Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the mark; to come up to the mark.
  8. Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station."In the official marks invested, you Anon do meet the Senate." [Shak.]
  9. Preëminence; high position; as, patricians of mark; a fellow of no mark.
  10. [Logic] A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
  11. A number or other character used in registering; as, examination marks; a mark for tardiness.
  12. Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image; children; descendants.(Obs)"All the markof Adam." [Chaucer.]
  13. [Naut] One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called “deeps.”
    synonyms: Impress; impression; stamp; print; trace; vestige; track; characteristic; evidence; proof; token; badge; indication; symptom.

Etymology: OE. marke merke, AS. mearc; akin to D. merk, MHG. marc, G. marke, Icel. mark, Dan. mærke; cf. Lith. margas party-colored. √106, 273. Cf. Remark

verb Mark
Senses
  1. To put a mark upon; to affix a significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark; as, to mark a box or bale of merchandise; to mark clothing.
  2. To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; -- used literally and figuratively; as, this monument marks the spot where Wolfe died; his courage and energy marked him for a leader.
  3. To leave a trace, scratch, scar, or other mark, upon, or any evidence of action; as, a pencil marks paper; his hobnails marked the floor.
  4. To keep account of; to enumerate and register; as, to mark the points in a game of billiards or cards.
  5. To notice or observe; to give attention to; to take note of; to remark; to heed; to regard; as, mark my words." Markthe perfect man." [Ps. xxxvii. 37.]
    synonyms: To note; remark; notice; observe; regard; heed; show; evince; indicate; point out; betoken; denote; characterize; stamp; imprint; impress; brand.

Etymology: OE. marken merken, AS. mearcian, from mearc. See Mark the sign

verb Mark
To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to remark.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal ("hit the mark")
  2. The impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember ("it was in London that he made his mark" and "he left an indelible mark on the American theater")
  3. A marking that consists of lines that cross each other
  4. An indication of damage
  5. A number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance) ("she made good marks in algebra")
  6. The shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament
  7. A perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
  8. A symbol of disgrace or infamy ("And the Lord set a mark upon Cain")
  9. A visible indication made on a surface ("some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks")
  10. A written or printed symbol (as for punctuation) ("his answer was just a punctuation mark")
  11. A reference point to shoot at ("his arrow hit the mark")
  12. A distinguishing symbol ("the owner's mark was on all the sheep")
  13. A person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
  14. Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel
  15. Formerly the basic unit of money in Germany
  16. Insert punctuation marks into
  17. Make or leave a mark on ("the scouts marked the trail" and "ash marked the believers' foreheads")
  18. Celebrate by some ceremony or observation ("The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade")
  19. Be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
  20. Assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation ("mark homework")
  21. Put a check mark on or near or next to ("mark off the units")
  22. Remove from a list
  23. Designate as if by a mark ("This sign marks the border")
  24. Make underscoring marks
  25. Establish as the highest level or best performance
  26. Make small marks into the surface of
  27. Mark with a scar
  28. Attach a tag or label to
  29. Notice or perceive ("mark my words")
  30. To accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
Wiktionary

From the Latin praenomen Marcus, derived from Mars, the Roman god of war, originally Mavors, from *Māwort-.

  1. A male given name.
  2. Mark the Evangelist, also called John Mark, the first patriarch of Alexandria, credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Mark.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Mark, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the second of the four gospels.

Mark was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Estonian, and German

Notable Persons Named Mark

Mark Zuckerberg is a computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. He holds the title Chairman and CEO of Facebook. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Mark was given the name Mark Elliot Zuckerberg on May 14th, 1984 in White Plains, New York.

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Mark Wahlberg is an actor, producer, model, and rapper. He has been prominent since 1990. Mark was given the name Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg on June 5th, 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Mark is also known as Marky Mark.

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Vin Diesel is an actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Vin was given the name Mark Sinclair on July 18th, 1967 in Alameda County, California, United States.

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Mark Twain was a writer. Mark was given the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30th, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He left this life on April 21st, 1910.

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Mark Hamill is an actor. He was most prominent from 1970 to present. Mark was given the name Mark Richard Hamill on September 25th, 1951 in Oakland, California, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mark

Mary Ellen Mark was an artist in the field of photography. Mary was born on March 20th, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US. She died on May 25th, 2015.

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Money Mark is a jazz and hip hop music keyboardist and record producer. He plays Musical keyboard, Piano, and Melodica. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Money was given the name Mark Ramos Nishita .

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John Mark is a saint. He holds the title Bishop ofByblos.

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Heidi Mark is a playboy playmate. Heidi was born on February 18th, 1971 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Mark was a pope. He breathed his last breath on October 7th, 0336.

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Bow-sim Mark is a martial artist. Bow-sim was born in Guangzhou.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 85 0 85
1881 94 0 94
1882 90 0 90
1883 91 0 91
1884 96 0 96
1885 74 0 74
1886 106 0 106
1887 76 0 76
1888 115 0 115
1889 101 0 101
1890 83 0 83
1891 86 0 86
1892 91 5 86
1893 92 0 92
1894 89 5 84
1895 107 5 102
1896 120 0 120
1897 104 0 104
1898 108 0 108
1899 89 0 89
1900 143 6 137
1901 97 5 92
1902 104 0 104
1903 81 0 81
1904 114 0 114
1905 94 0 94
1906 90 5 85
1907 104 7 97
1908 74 7 67
1909 101 0 101
1910 138 7 131
1911 142 0 142
1912 290 6 284
1913 358 9 349
1914 394 8 386
1915 544 15 529
1916 576 5 571
1917 544 16 528
1918 636 9 627
1919 600 13 587
1920 603 13 590
1921 637 11 626
1922 680 13 667
1923 670 11 659
1924 687 15 672
1925 669 18 651
1926 714 9 705
1927 714 13 701
1928 663 13 650
1929 587 10 577
1930 603 12 591
1931 680 14 666
1932 723 7 716
1933 693 0 693
1934 717 14 703
1935 796 9 787
1936 718 6 712
1937 814 5 809
1938 902 0 902
1939 876 8 868
1940 1,171 6 1,165
1941 1,630 5 1,625
1942 2,049 7 2,042
1943 2,525 10 2,515
1944 2,742 0 2,742 #93 boy name
1945 3,552 8 3,544 #72 boy name
1946 5,346 14 5,332 #58 boy name
1947 7,782 10 7,772 #47 boy name
1948 10,283 15 10,268 #29 boy name
1949 13,748 21 13,727 #24 boy name
1950 16,642 32 16,610 #23 boy name
1951 21,241 24 21,217 #20 boy name
1952 25,709 39 25,670 #17 boy name
1953 29,353 37 29,316 #12 boy name
1954 36,250 49 36,201 #12 boy name
1955 42,273 56 42,217 #9 boy name
1956 48,892 84 48,808 #8 boy name
1957 52,887 82 52,805 #7 boy name
1958 52,780 113 52,667 #7 boy name
1959 57,050 129 56,921 #6 boy name
1960 58,873 134 58,739 #6 boy name
1961 57,919 158 57,761 #6 boy name
1962 53,639 130 53,509 #6 boy name
1963 49,483 121 49,362 #6 boy name
1964 45,400 120 45,280 #6 boy name
1965 38,388 119 38,269 #7 boy name
1966 34,935 126 34,809 #7 boy name
1967 35,077 143 34,934 #7 boy name
1968 35,581 157 35,424 #7 boy name
1969 33,536 139 33,397 #8 boy name
1970 31,638 138 31,500 #9 boy name
1971 25,251 114 25,137 #13 boy name
1972 21,589 82 21,507 #18 boy name
1973 20,480 94 20,386 #15 boy name
1974 19,027 111 18,916 #16 boy name
1975 16,842 89 16,753 #19 boy name
1976 15,593 77 15,516 #25 boy name
1977 15,523 82 15,441 #25 boy name
1978 14,962 91 14,871 #26 boy name
1979 14,480 89 14,391 #30 boy name
1980 14,235 79 14,156 #31 boy name
1981 13,629 87 13,542 #33 boy name
1982 13,966 97 13,869 #32 boy name
1983 13,904 96 13,808 #31 boy name
1984 13,288 74 13,214 #32 boy name
1985 13,279 91 13,188 #32 boy name
1986 12,687 84 12,603 #35 boy name
1987 12,055 66 11,989 #36 boy name
1988 11,786 84 11,702 #39 boy name
1989 11,361 49 11,312 #42 boy name
1990 10,725 43 10,682 #46 boy name
1991 9,707 26 9,681 #47 boy name
1992 8,762 20 8,742 #49 boy name
1993 8,078 19 8,059 #49 boy name
1994 7,508 22 7,486 #48 boy name
1995 6,908 22 6,886 #52 boy name
1996 6,611 14 6,597 #55 boy name
1997 6,182 14 6,168 #58 boy name
1998 5,903 13 5,890 #64 boy name
1999 5,618 12 5,606 #69 boy name
2000 5,236 12 5,224 #79 boy name
2001 4,760 10 4,750 #84 boy name
2002 4,232 11 4,221 #93 boy name
2003 4,032 5 4,027
2004 3,779 11 3,768
2005 3,536 9 3,527
2006 3,251 6 3,245
2007 2,975 5 2,970
2008 2,912 0 2,912
2009 2,571 0 2,571
2010 2,418 6 2,412
2011 2,425 0 2,425
2012 2,202 0 2,202
2013 2,207 6 2,201
2014 2,186 8 2,178
2015 2,059 0 2,059
2016 2,057 0 2,057

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Popularity of Mark as a first name

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Popularity of Mark as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mark U.S.
  White 64.91% 64.26%
  African American 15.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.34% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.52% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.26% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mark

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

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Fun Facts about the name Mark

  • How Popular is the name Mark? Mark is the 24th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mark was the 2,537th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mark have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,352,418 babies born with the first name Mark in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mark to occupy the country of Trinidad and Tobago with an estimated population of 1,317,714 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mark? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 85 new born babies.
  • When was Mark first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mark is Tuesday, November 13th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Mark born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mark was in 1960 with a total of 58,739 babies. That's a lot of babies named Mark!
  • Random Mark Factoid: According to the 1978 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mark ranks 25th in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 70 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1978.
  • Weird things about the name Mark: Your name in reverse order is Kram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Karm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mark? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,265 people with the last name Mark.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mark? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Mark as their last name.

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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).
  • 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).
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