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This article is about the surname Clark. For other uses, see Clark (disambiguation).
Family name
A scribe or clerk, the occupation from which the name derives
Meaning Clerk, scribe, secretary
Region of origin England
Language(s) of origin Old English
Related names Clarke, Clerk
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons[1]

Clark is an English language surname, ultimately derived from the Latin clericus meaning "scribe", "secretary" or a scholar within a religious order, referring to someone who was educated. Clark evolved from "clerk". First records of the name are found in 12th century England. The name has many variants.[2]

Clark is the twenty-seventh most common surname in the United Kingdom,[1] including placing fourteenth in Scotland.[3] Clark is also an occasional given name, as in the case of Clark Gable.

According to the 1990 United States Census, Clark was the twenty-first most frequently encountered surname, accounting for 0.23% of the population.[4] Notable people with the surname include:

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