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Gender: Male Meaning of Mark: "warlike" Origin of Mark: Latin Mark's Popularity in 2017: #203

The name Mark is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "warlike". Mark is ranked #203 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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After centuries of lagging behind other apostle names Peter and Paul, Mark suddenly caught on in the early 1950s, reaching Number 6 by 1960. It was in the Top 10 from 1955 to 1970 and second only to Michael in popular boy names starting with M.

Mark Twain was, of course, the pen name taken by Samuel Clemens. Prominent current bearers include actor Mark Ruffalo, Mark Wahlberg (the onetime Marky Mark) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Famous People Named Mark

Saint Mark the Evangelist, author of the Gospel of Mark
Mark Twain, pen name of American novelist Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg, American actor
Mark Williams, English actor
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, American founder of Facebook
Mark Alexander Ballas, American ballroom dancer
Mark Cuban, American entrepreneur
Mark Patrick Michael Feehily, Irish singer with the boyband Westlife
Mark Edward Fischbach aka Markiplier, American YouTuber
Mark Foster, American singer of band Foster the People
Mark Andrew Foster, English swimmer
Mark Gatiss, English actor/writer
Mark Richard Hamill, American actor/voice actor
(Thomas) Mark Harmon, American actor
Mark Allan Hoppus, bassist for American band Blink 182
Mark Indelicato, American actor
Mark Kalev Kostabi, American artist
Mark Larson, former guitarist of American band The Districts
Mark McMorris, Canadian professional snowboarder
Mark Anthony Patrick Owen, English singer-songwriter of group Take That
Mark Ross Pellegrino, American actor
Marliss "Mark" Pugh, child star of hip hop group "Another Bad Creation"
Mark Alan Ruffalo, American actor
Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Mark Wayne Salling, American actor
Mark Travis John Sanchez, American NFL player
Mark Andreas Sheppard, English actor
Mark Strong (born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia), British actor
Mark Yi-en Tuan, Taiwanese-American rapper and dancer; member of the South Korean boy band Got7
Mark Lee (Minhyung), Canadian-Korean rapper, dancer, and singer of boy band NCT
Mark Hall, American singer of Christian band Casting Crowns

Pop Culture References for the name Mark

Dr. Mark Greene, character on TV's "ER"
Dr. Mark Sloan, character on TV's Diagnosis: Murder
Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Mark Cohen, character in musical "Rent"
Mark Healy, character on TV's "Roseanne"
Mark Evans, character in movie "The Good Son"
Mark Bellison, main character in film "The Invention of Lying"
Dr. Mark Flemming, character on TV's "The Client List"
Mark Watney, main character in the book and film "The Martian"
Mark Darcy, character in "Bridget Jones's Diary"
Mark, character on TV's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"
Mark Mardon aka Weather Wizard, character on TV's "The Flash"
Mark Blackthorn, character from Cassandra Clare's "The Dark Artifices" series
Mark, character in film "Love Actually"
Mark Brendanawicz, character on TV's Parks and Recreation
Mark Corrigan, main character on British TV series Peep Show
Mark Mack, character on TV's Oz
Mark Jefferson, character in the video game Life Is Strange
Detective Lieutenant Mark Hoffman, character from the SAW movie franchise, played by Costas Mandylor

Marquus, Marq, Markie, Marky, Markey, Marque

Mark's International Variations

Marx, Markell, Markus (German) Marek, Marecek, Marousek, Marík, Mares (Czech) Marku (Romanian) Markku (Finnish) Marcellino, Marcello, Marco (Spanish) Mawrth (Welsh) Marko (Ukrainian) Marcellin, Marcel, Marcellus, Marc (French) Maaka (Maori) Markos (Greek) Marcas (Scottish) Marcas (Gaelic)


morning_glory Says:


Clear-eyed, definitely! That's a very good description:)

morning_glory Says:


I really like Mark. It fits just about any age I can think of, and I love the meaning ("warlike")! I guess it depends on how you take the word - I would associate warlike in terms of being like a spiritual warrior, ready and equipped for battle. (Also about 'spark' - I think people give names spark more than the actual names do themselves.)

yourlocaldumpster Says:


I love this because Mark Blackthorn, from the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare.

Chloe14 Says:


This is one of my favorite boys' names!

kertheshe Says:


Mark is a great name, in my opinion. It may not have a 'spark', but it sure as hell sounds strong and reliable. There are too many names 'with a spark' that are completely ridiculous, so it's better to not have a 'spark' than b stuck with a dumb name like 'Blanket' or some crap for the rest of their teenage years.

kalanigirl Says:


My father was named Mark Wayne, after Mark Twain. I would love the name solely on the conviction of Mark Twain, but it's made all the more special to me because of my father. My style is very split between classic and quirky, and this name appeals to my classic side in its solid simplicity.

Zelliew Says:


Yes - I like Mark because it's straightforward and unpretentious

clairelaliberte Says:


I know a few Marks, and I think it's a versatile name, as they are all very different and I still feel like their names suit them.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This name is growing on me a bit, but still too popular for my tastes. Oh and no joke, I have come across a Marrck before.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I agree with lesliemarion. It's a name I'm keen on, but tell me, would the meaning discourage you from using it?

lesliemarion Says:


I agree with the nameberry comment about it not having much spark.
However, I think there are a lot of freaky names out there with "spark".
What I like about Mark is that it sounds solid and dependable and kind and clear-eyed. Leave spark to Django and Tundra and Noble; give me a good Mark any day!

raevynstar Says:


I'd rather meet a little Matthew, Luke or John...but I don't hate this name...