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Updated May 24, 2023

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Italian, Spanish : Warring
  • Latin : Warlike; hammer; defender

What does Mark mean and stand for?

The name Mark is of Latin origin and means "warlike." It is from the name Marcus, and did not become popular until the 19th century.

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How Popular Is The Name Mark

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and Dutch : from Latin Marcus, the personal name of St. Mark the Evangelist, author of the second Gospel. The name was borne also by a number of other early Christian saints. Marcus was an old Roman name, of uncertain (possibly non-Italic) etymology; it may have some connection with the name of the war god Mars. Compare Martin. The personal name was not as popular in England in the Middle Ages as it was on the Continent, especially in Italy, where the evangelist became the patron of Venice and the Venetian Republic, and was allegedly buried at Aquileia. As an American family name, this has absorbed cognate and similar names from other European languages, including Greek Markos and Slavic Marek.
  • English, German, and Dutch (van der Mark) : topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary between two districts, from Middle English merke, Middle High German marc, Middle Dutch marke, merke, all meaning ‘borderland’. The German term also denotes an area of fenced-off land (see Marker 5) and, like the English word, is embodied in various place names which have given rise to habitational names.
  • English (of Norman origin) : habitational name from Marck, Pas-de-Calais.
  • German : from Marko, a short form of any of the Germanic compound personal names formed with mark ‘borderland’ as the first element, for example Markwardt.
  • Americanization or shortened form of any of several like-sounding Jewish or Slavic surnames (see for example Markow, Markowitz, Markovich).
  • Irish (northeastern Ulster) : probably a short form of Markey (when not of English origin).

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What Does the Name Mark Mean?

The name Mike has been around for quite some time, but has gained popularity in the last century. It means "warlike".

How Popular is the Name Mark?

Mark is the number 252 most popular boys name in the US, according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It gained quite a bit of popularity, staying in the top 10 for about two decades. Since then, Mark has slowly been decreasing in popularity.

However, it is the 25th most popular name on

Popularity of the Name Mark in the United States

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Mark was at its peak popularity in April 2018.

Mark was searched for most often in the following states:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Missouri
  3. Connecticut
  4. Utah
  5. Massachussetts

Famous People Named Mark and Mark in Pop Culture

Since it has been around for quite some time, with Saint Mark the Evangelist as a bearer, the name Mark has many notable namesakes and references in pop culture. Author Mark Twain (pen name for Samuel Clemens is an early namesake. Other bearers include actor and singer Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark), actor Mark Ruffalo, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and YouTuber Markiplier (Mark Edward Fischbach). The name has also appeared in ER, Grey's Anatomy, Roseanne, The Invention of Lying, Bridget Jones' Diary, Love Actually, and Parks and Recreation.

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