[ 1 syll. mar(k), ma-rk ] The baby boy name Mark is pronounced MAARK (English, Russian) †. Mark's language of origin is Latin. It is predominantly used in the English, Dutch, Russian, and Scandinavian languages. The meaning of the name is 'war-like, dedicated to Mars; gleaming'. It is a biblical name derived from mars ; mar meaning 'to gleam'. Marcus (Latin) and Martkos (Latin) are old forms of Mark. The name was borne in the Bible by one of the four evangelists who wrote the second Gospel named after him. It was also borne by various other early and medieval saints. Among its limited appearance among royalty, the name was borne by the 6th-century King Mark of Cornwall; his villianous appearance in Arthurian legend as the uncle of Tristan and husband of Isolde led to the diminished popularity of the name among medieval English speakers. The name later enjoyed a revival in the 17th century among English Puritans.
Mark is an English variant transcription of Marcus (English, Scandinavian, French, and German).
The name Mark is widely used; it has 48 variant transcriptions that are used in English and foreign languages. Variation transcriptions of the name used in English include Lamark, Marcano, Marcelino, Marcello, Marcio, Marck, Marcus (also used in French and German), Markea, Markee, Markel, Markell (also used in American), Markey, Marki, Markk, Markov, Markus (also used in American, Czech, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Latvian, and Scandinavian), Marlin, Marlon, Marq, Marque, and Marx. The familiar forms Makhi (also used in American), Markie, and Marky, and the variant spelling Marc (also used in French, Welsh, and German) are other English forms.
Foreign variant transcriptions include Maleko (Hawaiian), Marcas (Irish and Scottish), Marcel (French), Marcellin (French), Marci (Hungarian), Marcilka (Hungarian), Marco (Italian and Spanish), Marcos (Portuguese and Spanish), Marek (Czech and Polish), Mari (Slovenian), Marian (Polish), Mariano (Italian), Marinos (Greek), Mario (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Marka (Russian), Marke (Polish), Markku (Finnish), Marko (Czech, German, Slavic, and Slovenian), Markos (Greek), Marku (Romanian), Markusha (Russian), Martial (French), and Marts (Latvian).
Mark is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still a popular baby boy name, but not to the degree it was before. The name's popularity jumped from the 1900s up to the 1960s. At the peak of its usage in 1960, 2.712% of baby boys were given the name Mark. It was #6 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a steep drop in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #210 with a usage of only 0.096%, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Marcus, out of all boy names in its family. It was 1.141% more commonly used than Mark in 2018. The name Mark has been primarily given to boys, although it has also been used as a girl name in the last century. In 1970, 220 times as many boys than girls were given the name Mark.
† Pronunciation for Mark: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Mark:
Actor Vin Diesel, born Mark Vincent 18 July 1967, New York, New York.
Actor Mark Hamill, born 25 September 1951, Oakland, California.
Actor Mark Ruffalo, born 22 November 1967, Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Actor Mark Wahlberg, born 5 June 1971, Boston, Massachusetts.
Artist Mark Rothko, born Marcus Rothkowitz 25 September 1903 - 25 February 1970.
Author Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens 30 November 1835 - 21 April 1910, Florida, Missouri.
Baseball Player Mark McGwire, born 1 October 1963, Pomona, California.