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What does Mark mean?

Mark /mark/ as a boys' name is pronounced mark. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Mark is "dedicated to Mars".

Anglicized version of Marcus. Biblical: the Roman surname of John Mark, missionary companion to Peter and Paul and writer of one of the four Gospel accounts of Jesus. The famous author Mark Twain (originally Samuel Clemens) took his name from the call of Mississippi River boatmen: "Mark twain!" meaning that the water was two fathoms deep. Explorer Marco Polo; choreographer Mark Morris; New York governor Mario Cuomo; swimmer Mark Spitz; baseball player Mark McGwire; fashion designer Marc Jacobs; actors Mark Harmon, Mark Wahlberg.

Associated with: dedicated (faithful), biblical, roman, surname, famous, river, water, deep (dark)


Mark has 18 variants: Marc, Marco, Marcos, Marcus, Marek, Mario, Marius, Markell, Markey, Marko, Marko, Markos, Markov, Markus, Marq, Marque, Marques and Marquus.

Related boy names: Denmark and Mar-.

Mark has 1 more relation via Marcus, Mario: Marcas.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Merk, ..

(female) Markah, ..

How popular is Mark?

Mark is a very popular first name for men (#14 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#2091 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Shown below is the baby name history of Mark for boys. Mark reached its apex position of #6 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #189 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Popular varying forms of Mark (#189 from recent data) are Marc (#636 from recent data), Marco (#308), Marcos (#404), Marcus (#158), Marek (#1494), Mario (#270), Marius, Markell (#1508), Marko (#1615), Markus (#737) and Marques (#1904). Adoption of these relations of Mark was at its most widespread during the years 1960-1969 (median #1002) and is now much diminished (#935, 81.8%), with forms such as Mark becoming less stylish. Markus is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mark, Marc, Marco, Marcos, Marcus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marek, Mario, Marius, Markell, Marko in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Markus, Marques in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mark, Marc, Marcus, Markus outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Berk, Birk, Burk, Clark, Cork, Derk, Dirk, Dyrk, Jerk, Kerk, Kirk, Kyrk, Lark, Mabry, Mac, Mace, Mack, Macy, Mads, Maik, Maks, Malak, Malek, Malik, Malki, Man, Mann, Mano, Mar, March, Mareo, Marik, Markel, Marly, Maro, Marom, Marr, Mars, Marsh, Mart, Marti, Marty, Marve, Marx, Marzo, Mat, Mata, Mats, Matt, Matz, Mauro, Maury, Max, Maxx, Maxy, Mayo, Mays, Mick, Mirek, Mirko, More, Mori, Mort, Roark, Ruark, Spark, Stark, Turk and York. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mark.