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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Parks

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  • A submission from Arkansas, United States says the name Parks means "Awesome" and is of Unknown origin.
  • A user from Texas, United States says the name Parks is of English origin and means "Game warden".

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  1. United States civil rights leader who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery (Alabama) and so triggered the national Civil Rights movement (born in 1913)
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  1. A surname​.

Parks was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Parks

Parks was given the name Parks Napier Bonifay on September 30th, 1981 in Pensacola, Florida, U.S.

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Parks was born on August 21st, 1984.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Parks

Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist. Rosa was given the name Rosa Louise McCauley on February 4th, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S. She breathed her last breath on October 24th, 2005.

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Michael Parks is an actor and singer. He has had major accomplishments since 1963. Michael was given the name Michael Harry Samuel Parks on April 4th, 1938 in Corona, California.

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Gordon Parks was an artist in the fields of photographer, writer, musician, and film director. Gordon was given the name Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks on November 30th, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas, United States. He died on March 7th, 2006.

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Van Dyke Parks is a musician. He plays Moog modular synthesizer. He holds the title Harpers Bizarre – "High Coin" from Anything Goes, Palm Desert" from Song Cycle, and Clang Of The Yankee Reaper" from Clang Of The Yankee Reaper. His ongoing career started in 1953. Van was born Van Dyke Parks on January 3rd, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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His career lasted from 1981 to 1981. James was given the name James Jean Parks by his parent Michael Parks on November 16th, 1968 in Ventura County, California, U.S.

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He was most prominent from 1996 to 1998. Richard was born on August 14th, 1977 in Pontypridd.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1892 5 0 5
1912 8 0 8
1913 8 0 8
1914 11 0 11
1915 7 0 7
1916 14 0 14
1917 20 0 20
1918 12 0 12
1919 11 0 11
1920 8 0 8
1921 12 0 12
1922 19 0 19
1923 19 0 19
1924 9 0 9
1925 15 0 15
1926 10 0 10
1927 14 0 14
1928 15 0 15
1929 14 0 14
1930 9 0 9
1931 13 0 13
1932 9 0 9
1933 5 0 5
1934 11 0 11
1935 9 0 9
1936 6 0 6
1937 11 0 11
1940 7 0 7
1941 8 0 8
1942 7 0 7
1943 13 0 13
1944 14 0 14
1946 8 0 8
1947 7 0 7
1948 10 0 10
1949 10 0 10
1950 5 0 5
1951 7 0 7
1952 5 0 5
1953 8 0 8
1954 8 0 8
1955 8 0 8
1957 10 0 10
1958 8 0 8
1959 7 0 7
1961 12 0 12
1963 6 0 6
1964 6 0 6
1965 7 0 7
1966 7 0 7
1968 5 0 5
1970 5 0 5
1971 7 0 7
1981 6 0 6
1985 8 0 8
1987 5 0 5
1989 7 0 7
1992 5 0 5
1996 6 0 6
1997 5 0 5
1999 11 0 11
2000 12 0 12
2001 8 0 8
2002 9 0 9
2003 14 0 14
2004 17 0 17
2005 23 0 23
2006 20 0 20
2007 19 0 19
2008 21 0 21
2009 28 0 28
2010 28 0 28
2011 27 0 27
2012 44 0 44
2013 36 0 36
2014 44 0 44
2015 42 0 42
2016 39 0 39
2017 48 0 48

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Popularity of Parks as a last name

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Common last names for Parks

  • Williams
  • Jones

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Parks U.S.
  White 69.39% 64.26%
  African American 24.91% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Parks

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

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Fun Facts about the name Parks

  • How Popular is the name Parks? Parks is the 10,295th most popular name of all time. As a last name Parks was the 354th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Parks have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,041 babies born with the first name Parks in the United States. That's more than enough people named Parks to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Parks? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Parks first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Parks is Monday, January 7th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Parks born? The highest recorded use of the first name Parks was in 2017 with a total of 48 babies.
  • Random Parks Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Parks is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Parks: Your name in reverse order is Skrap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Asrkp. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Parks? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 88,586 people with the last name Parks.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Parks? Parks was ranked as the 354th 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).
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