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Gender: Male Meaning of Clark: "scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk" Origin of Clark: English Clark's Popularity in 2017: #380

The name Clark is a boy's name of English origin meaning "scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk". Clark is ranked #380 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Popular English Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change two letters (5 names)".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Clark

(William) Clark Gable, American actor
(Robert) Clark Gregg, American actor
Clark Harris, American football player
Clark Cromwell Haggans, American football player
Clark Gilmer, American female model
Clark Otis Marsden, son of actor Jason Marsden
William Clark, American explorer, soldier of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Clark Gillies, Canadian ice hockey Hall of Famer
Clark Ingram, singer/songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Clark

Clark "Kal-El" Kent, the mild-mannered reporter disguise of Superman
Clark Edison, intern on American TV show "Bones"
Clark Griswold, patriarch of the Griswold family in the "National Lampoon's Vacation" movies
Clark Salinger, from the TV series "Ed"
Clark Wilkins, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Clark "Mouth" Devereaux, character from the film "The Goonies," played by Corey Feldman
Clark Thompson, character in the novel "Station Eleven"
Clark, character in "The Thing" series
Sheriff Clark Hudson, a character on MTV's "Scream"

Clerc, Clarke, Clerk


freesparrow Says:


We named our son Clark. My husband loved the name from the beginning, and I’m so glad we went with it. It is masculine, everyone knows how to spell/pronounce it, but it’s uncommon. It’s a great short name for lots of fun nicknames. I just love the name Clark!

mackenzielynn Says:


Maybe I’m three years too late but Clark is my #1 baby boys name! It defiantly can be very classic sounding but to me it’s an all round country boy name and I’m surprised it’s not on many “cowboy” lists!

NameLover 11 Says:


This name 's so handsome!! Good middle name or first!!

MonikerWanderer Says:


I looove this name with all my heart. I am going to use this someday. It's short, solid, masculine, but also a little soft. Familiar, somewhat unique, and not ridiculous. A name that fits a kid and an adult. It's all-around perfect.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I don't know it I would use it. I like the appeal of it, but it seems a little old fashioned.

onebrilliant1 Says:


I love this name for a girl and I think adding an e at the end makes it more feminine.

headintheclouds Says:


The first thing that comes to mind is Clark Kent, so I associate Clark with a buttoned-up image on the outside, and an adventurous cool persona on the inside. Clark Gable also gives this name a debonair, handsome vintage charm that I also really like.

SunKissedChild Says:


Clark Gregg is making this name oh so appealing to me at the moment!

Angelicaecb Says:


I really love Clark as a girls name, and I'm far from a fan of 'boy' names on girls.