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Mark Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from Latin Marcus, the personal name of St. Mark the Evangelist, author of the second Gospel. The name was borne also by a number of other early Christian saints. Marcus was an old Roman name, of uncertain (possibly non-Italic) etymology; it may have some connection with the name of the war god Mars. Compare Martin. The personal name was not as popular in England in the Middle Ages as it was on the Continent, especially in Italy, where the evangelist became the patron of Venice and the Venetian Republic, and was allegedly buried at Aquileia. As an American family name, this has absorbed cognate and similar names from other European languages, including Greek Markos and Slavic Marek. English, German, and Dutch (van der Mark): topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary between two districts, from Middle English merke, Middle High German marc, Middle Dutch marke, merke, all meaning ‘borderland’. The German term also denotes an area of fenced-off land (see Marker 5) and, like the English word, is embodied in various place names which have given rise to habitational names. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Marck, Pas-de-Calais. German: from Marko, a short form of any of the Germanic compound personal names formed with mark ‘borderland’ as the first element, for example Markwardt. Americanization or shortened form of any of several like-sounding Jewish or Slavic surnames (see for example Markow, Markowitz, Markovich). Irish (northeastern Ulster): probably a short form of Markey (when not of English origin).

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


Similar surnames: Marck, Mars, Mari, Mar, Mak, Park, Mack, Marr, Mara, Marko

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You can see how Mark families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mark family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mark families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 36 Mark families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Mark's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Mark families in 1840.
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What did your Mark ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mark. 16% of Mark men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Mark women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mark were Clerk and Maid.

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*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
    16%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Mark life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Mark in 1943 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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