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What does Clark mean?

Clark Pronunciation of 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.

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

(female) Clady, Clasi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clark Jordy (C.J.), ..

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)

Clark reached its highest rank of #227 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #373 presently. (2015 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.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Clarke is the only other prominent alternative form of Clark (#373 last year) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Clark reached the height of their popularity 135 years ago (median #737) and have remained as common to this day (#1186, 6%). 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.