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

Roark Origin and Meaning

The name Roark is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "illustrious and mighty".

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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Chrisco Says:


I see this as being a nice alternative to Rory. It's slightly easier to pronounce.

Chelsea Raycove Says:


I named my 2 month old son Roark, and I don't regret it at all. His whole personality so far has been upstanding and reserved, though when he cries it's like he's roaring I'm serious.

kpearl8 Says:


The sound is unpleasant enough, but the image of the hateful character from the Fountainhead makes it completely unusable for me.

lesliemarion Says:


I don't count Ayn Rand as a credible literary source.