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What does Clark mean?

Clark [clark] as a boys' name is pronounced klark. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Clark is "cleric, clerk".

Occupational name and surname used as a given name. Made famous by Clark Kent, the fictional character of "Superman" fame. Actor Clark Gable.

Associated with: occupational, surname, fictional (literary).


Clark has 3 variants: Clarke, Clerc and Clerk.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Cark, Ciark, ..

(female) Claca, Clady, ..

How popular is Clark?

Clark is a very popular first name for males (#406 out of 1220, Top 33%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#25 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Clark for boys. Clark reached its highest rank of #227 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #382 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clark name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clark outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the statistics of the boy name Clark and corresponding names. Clarke is the only other prominent alternative form of Clark (#382 last year) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Clark reached the height of their popularity 134 years ago (median #737) and are almost as common today (#1191, 12%). Clark has been the recurring favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clark, Clarke in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clark and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Card, Carl, Carr, Cary, Claas, Claes, Clair, Claire, Claran, Clare, Clarey, Claro, Claron, Clarry, Claud, Claus, Clay, Clayre, Cleary, Cork, Craik, Czar, Lark, Mark, Roark, Ruark, Spark and Stark. These names tend to be less commonly used than Clark.