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

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Origin and Meaning of Rourke

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Alt. Meaning

R is for rich, in the love from others

O is for optimistic, look at the bright side!

U is for upstanding, the honorable way to be

R is for rock star, let it out!

K is for knowledge, an avid learner

E is for expert, in your chosen career

Notable Persons Named Rourke

Rourke Chartier is a hockey player for the San Jose Sharks in the National Hockey League. Rourke was born on April 3rd, 1996 in Saskatoon. Rourke is also known as Chartier and Rourke.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rourke

Mickey Rourke is an actor, boxer, screenwriter, music supervisor, and boxing. He was most prominent from 1979 to 1979. Mickey was given the name Philip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16th, 1952 in Schenectady, New York, US. Mickey is also known as Eddie Cook.


Andy Rourke is an alternative rock and indie pop musician. Andy was given the name Andrew Michael Rourke on January 17th, 1964.



Constance Rourke was a writer, historian, and folkloristics. Constance was given the name Constance Mayfield Rourke on November 14th, 1885. Constance is also known as Rourke and Constance Mayfield. She passed away on March 29th, 1941.


Rachel was born on October 1st, 1988.


Allan Rourke is an ice hockey player. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to 2010. Allan was born on March 6th, 1980 in Mississauga.


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Popularity of Rourke as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rourke U.S.
  White 93.64% 64.26%
  African American 0.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.65% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.89% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rourke

People with the last name Rourke are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rourke

  • How Popular is the name Rourke? Rourke is the 23,794th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rourke was the 8,728th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rourke have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 254 babies born with the first name Rourke in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rourke to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rourke? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1978 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rourke first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rourke is Thursday, March 1st, 1900.
  • What year had the most people named Rourke born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rourke was in 2012 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Rourke: Your name in reverse order is Ekruor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eorurk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rourke? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,757 people with the last name Rourke.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rourke? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Rourke 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).
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