History of your Surname
Get access to Clark family records.Start a free trial

Clark Family History

Clark Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a scribe or secretary, originally a member of a minor religious order who undertook such duties. The word clerc denoted a member of a religious order, from Old English cler(e)c ‘priest’, reinforced by Old French clerc. Both are from Late Latin clericus, from Greek klerikos, a derivative of kleros ‘inheritance’, ‘legacy’, with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites (see Levy) ‘whose inheritance was the Lord’. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. In the Middle Ages it was virtually only members of religious orders who learned to read and write, so that the term clerk came to denote any literate man.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Clare, Clack, Lark, Clary, Plank, Flack, Clerk, Chard, Coard, Slack

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Clark family from?

You can see how Clark families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clark family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clark families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2,412 Clark families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Clark's in USA. New York had the highest population of Clark families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Clark surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Clark ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Clark. 15% of Clark men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Clark women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clark were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

View Census Data for Clark | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Clark family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4 million census records available for the last name Clark. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clark census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Clark

Passenger Lists

There are 381,000 immigration records available for the last name Clark. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Clark immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 665,000 military records available for the last name Clark. For the veterans among your Clark ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Clark military records

You've only scratched the surface of Clark family history

Discover More

What is the average Clark lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Clark life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Clark in 1940 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clark

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Clark family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial