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Gender: M Origin of Stark: Word name, surname, and literary name

Stark is an ancient surname derived from the Old English word stearc, meaning firm and unyielding. In modern parlance, stark means severe or plain. But Stark's use as a first name -- 21 boys were named Stark in the US in 2013 -- stems from its prominence in Game of Thrones, which has inspired so many new baby names. House Stark is a ruling family on GoT; its motto is fittingly "Winter is coming."

As a first name, Stark is strong, straightforward, yet a bit, well....stark. Though we doubt it will be the next Arya (a member of House Stark), Stark will undoubtedly grow in usage as a first name along with the popularity of the show and books.

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Famous People Named Stark

Stark Bunker Sands, American actor
Stark Young, American playwright, novelist, painter, critic and essayist

Pop Culture References for the name Stark

Tony Stark aka Iron Man, character in Marvel comics and films
(James) Stark, character in the "House of Night" series
Stark, a character on TV's "Farscape"
Stark, character in "Only Forward" by Michael Marshall Smith
House Stark, family in the "Game of Thrones" series, including Eddard, Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Rickon, Lyanna, Benjen, and Brandon