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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
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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Fictional characters[edit]

  • Tracy Clark, fictional character from The CW primetime drama 90210
  • Clark Kent, secret identity of DC Superhero Superman
  • Clark Griswold, fictional character from National Lampoon’s Vacation film series.

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  1. ^ a b "Clark Surname Meaning, Origins & Distribution". Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  2. ^ "Surname Clark". Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  3. ^ "100 Most Common Surnames | National Records of Scotland". 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  4. ^ United States Census Bureau (9 May 1995). s:1990 Census Name Files dist.all.last (1-100). Retrieved on 2008-07-04.

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