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Gender: M Meaning of Roark: "illustrious and mighty" Origin of Roark: Irish

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This distinguished surname belonged to one of Ireland's great princely families. Its many variations include Rourke (as in actor Mickey), and O'Rourke. The family surname is thought to be one of the oldest in the world, originating in the tenth century, following the death of a young prince named Ruarc. It has literary cred via Howard Roark, the protagonist of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.

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Famous People Named Roark

Roark Critchlow, Canadian actor
Roark Bradford, American fiction writer
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Roark Gourley, American painter and sculptor

Pop Culture References for the Name Roark

Howard Roark, character in "The Fountainhead"
Roark, Gym Leader in Pokemon video game series
Roark family, villains in the Sin City series

Roarke, Rorke, Rourke, Ruark