"scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk"

Clark Origin and Meaning

The name Clark is a boy's name of English origin meaning "scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk".

Clark seemed to have been Gone with the Wind, but parents looking for a short, strong boy's name are now beginning to appreciate its cool combination of Gable charm with Superman power.

Clark has been steadily on the popularity list—it was Number 176 in 1881 and well used in the 1940s and 50s, and is now on another upswing.

Long-term Hollywood heartthrob Clark Gable was born William Clark—his middle name was the maiden name of his maternal grandmother.

# 437 in the US

Clark Rank in US Top 1000

# 334 on Nameberry

Clark Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Clark Popularity

Famous People Named Clark

  • (William) Clark GableAmerican actor
  • (Robert) Clark GreggAmerican actor
  • Clark HarrisAmerican football player
  • Clark Cromwell HaggansAmerican football player
  • Clark GilmerAmerican female model
  • Clark Otis Marsdenson of actor Jason Marsden
  • William ClarkAmerican explorer, soldier of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Clark GilliesCanadian ice hockey Hall of Famer
  • Clark Ingramsinger/songwriter

Clark in Pop Culture

  • Clarkcharacter in "The Thing" series
  • Clark "KalEl" Kent, the mild,mannered reporter disguise of Superman
  • Clark Edisonintern on American TV show "Bones"
  • Clark Griswoldpatriarch of the Griswold family in the "National Lampoon's Vacation" movies
  • Clark Salingerfrom the TV series "Ed"
  • Clark Wilkinscharacter on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
  • Clark "Mouth" Devereauxcharacter from the film "The Goonies," played by Corey Feldman
  • Clark Thompsoncharacter in the novel "Station Eleven"
  • Clark Hudsona character on MTV's "Scream"

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