Mark (name)

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Mark
Mars Pyrrhus cropped.jpg
Statue of Marte (Mars). The name Mark means consecrated to the god Mars.[citation needed]
Gender Male
Origin
Word/Name Latin
Meaning "Consecrated to the god Mars"
Region of origin Germanic
Other names
Related names Marc, Marco, Marcos, Marcus, Marek, Marko

Mark is a common male given name and is derived from old Latin "Mart-kos", which means "consecrated to the god Mars", and also may mean "God of war" or "to be warlike".[citation needed] Marcus was one of the three most common given names in Ancient Rome. See Roman given names.

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Mark is a form of the name Marcus. Saint Mark was the author of the second Gospel in the New Testament. He is the patron saint of Venice, where he is supposedly buried. Though in use during the Middle Ages, Mark was not common in the English-speaking world until the 19th century, when it began to be used alongside the classical form Marcus. In the Celtic legend of Tristan and Isolde this was the name of a king of Cornwall. It was also borne by the American author Mark Twain (1835-1910), real name Samuel Clemens, the author of 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huckleberry Finn'. He actually took his pen name from a call used by riverboat workers on the Mississippi River to indicate a depth of two fathoms. This is also the usual English spelling of the name of the 1st-century BC Roman triumvir Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony).[1]

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