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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Stark

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  • A submission from Finland says the name Stark means "Swedish for strong." and is of Swedish origin.
  • According to a user from California, United States, the name Stark means "Of wealth".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Stark
  1. Stiff; rigid."Whose senses all were straight benumbed and stark." [Spenser.]"His heart gan wax as stark as marble stone." [Spenser.]"Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies." [Shak.]"The north is not so stark and cold." [B. Jonson.]
  2. Complete; absolute; full; perfect; entire.(Obs)"Consider the stark security The common wealth is in now." [B. Jonson.]
  3. Strong; vigorous; powerful."A stark, moss-trooping Scot." [Sir W. Scott.]" Stark beer, boy, stout and strong beer." [Beau. & Fl.]
  4. Severe; violent; fierce.(Obs)"In starkestours"Chaucer.
  5. Mere; sheer; gross; entire; downright."He pronounces the citation stark nonsense." [Collier.]"Rhetoric is very good or stark naught; there's no medium in rhetoric." [Selden.]

Etymology: OE. stark stiff, strong, AS. stearc; akin to OS. starc strong, D. sterk, OHG. starc starah, G. & Sw. stark, Dan. stærk, Icel. sterkr, Goth. gastaúrknan to become dried up, Lith. strëgti to stiffen, to freeze. Cf. Starch (a.) & (n.)

adverb Stark
Wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite; as, stark mad.

Note: ☞ According to Professor Skeat, “ stark-naked” is derived from steort-naked, or start-naked, literally tail-naked, and hence wholly naked. If this etymology be true the preferable form is stark-naked.

verb Stark
To stiffen.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment ("facing the stark reality of the deadline")
  2. Providing no shelter or sustenance ("a stark landscape")
  3. Without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers ("stark staring mad")
  4. Complete or extreme ("stark poverty" and "a stark contrast")
  5. Severely simple ("a stark interior")
  6. Completely ("stark mad" and "mouth stark open")

From Middle English stark, starc, from Old English stearc, starc (“stiff, obstinate, severe, etc.”), from Proto-Germanic *starkaz, *starkuz (“stiff, strong”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)terg- (“rigid, stiff”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian sterc (“strong”), Dutch sterk (“strong”), Low German sterk (“strong”), German stark (“strong”), Danish stærk (“strong”), Swedish stark (“strong”), Norwegian sterk (“strong”), Icelandic sterkur (“strong”). Related to starch.

In the phrase stark naked: an alternation of start ("tail" or "rump"), a literal parallel to the modern butt naked.

From Middle English starken, from Old English stearcian (“to stiffen, become hard, grow stiff or hard”), from Proto-Germanic *starkōną, *starkēną (“to stiffen, become hard”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)terg- (“rigid, stiff”). Cognate with German erstarken (“to strengthen”).

stark was also found in the following language(s): German, Low German, Old High German, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Stark

Stark Sands is an actor. He has been prominent since 2002. Stark was given the name Stark Bunker Sands on September 30th, 1978 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.


Stark was born on October 11th, 1881 in Como, Mississippi, United States. He died on January 6th, 1963.


Stark Ritchie was a football player for the Michigan Wolverines football. Stark was born on August 16th, 1916. He passed away on April 4th, 2001.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Stark

Sansa Stark is a fictional character. Sansa is also known as Little Bird, Alayne Stone, and Jonquil.


Arya is also known as Arya Horseface, Arya Underfoot, Arry, Weasel, Nan, Squab, Salty, Cat of the Canals, Blind Beth, Mercy, Lanna of the Canals, and Lanna of the Canals (television series only).


Eddard "Ned" Stark is a fictional character.


Bran Stark is a fictional character.


Robb Stark is a fictional character.


Catelyn Stark is a fictional character. Catelyn is also known as CatLady Stoneheart, The Silent Sister, and Mother MercilessThe Hangwoman.


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International Interest for Stark

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Popularity of Stark as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Stark U.S.
  White 92.48% 64.26%
  African American 2.25% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Stark

People with the last name Stark are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Stark

  • How Popular is the name Stark? Stark is the 32,732nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Stark was the 827th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Stark have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 131 babies born with the first name Stark in the United States. That's more than enough people named Stark 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 Stark? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1950 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Stark first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Stark is Wednesday, August 27th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Stark born? The highest recorded use of the first name Stark was in 2013 with a total of 21 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Stark: Your name in reverse order is Krats. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tkasr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Stark? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 41,735 people with the last name Stark.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Stark? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 14 of them will have Stark 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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