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A scribe or clerk, the occupation from which the name derives
Language(s)Old English
MeaningClerk, scribe, secretary
Region of originEngland
Other names
Variant form(s)Clarke, Clerk
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Clark is an English language surname, ultimately derived from the Latin with historical links to England and Ireland[2] 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.[3]

Clark is the twenty-seventh most common surname in the United Kingdom,[1] including placing fourteenth in Scotland.[4] 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.[5] Notable people with the surname include:

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  1. ^ a b "Clark Surname Meaning, Origins & Distribution". Archived from the original on 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  2. ^ Clarke coat of arms, family crest and family history". Retrieved 30 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Surname Clark". Archived from the original on 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  4. ^ "100 Most Common Surnames | National Records of Scotland". 2014-09-25. Archived from the original on 2017-07-02. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  5. ^ United States Census Bureau (9 May 1995). s:1990 Census Name Files/dist.all.last (1-100). Retrieved on 2021-07-27.

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