Kirk Name Meaning & Origin

Kirk

Pronunciation: KERK (key)

Origin of the name Kirk:

Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old Norse kirkja (church), which was originally used for one who resided by a church: hence, "dweller by the church."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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My cousin who lives in New Zealand is named Kirk and his brother is named Luke. We joke that their parents are secretly sci-fi enthusiasts (Kirk from Star Trek and Luke from Star Wars) but in reality it was a coincidence. He is quiet and very observant but has a wicked sense of humor and huge huge heart. I love him to pieces! I think it is a great name but the association with the world of sci-fi may turn others away from choosing it for their own child.

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I always called my little brother Kirk the Jerk.

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Famous real-life people named Kirk: | Edit

Kirk Douglas, actor
Kirk Alyn, actor (played Superman in serials)
Kirk Cameron, American actor.
Kirk Gibson, former Major League Baseball outfielder and currently the Arizona Diamondbacks manager.
Kirk Hammett, American heavy metal guitarist (Metallica.)
Kirk Hinrich, Point guard for the Chicago Bulls. (Captain Kirk)
Kirk Ting, Asian
Kirk Miesle, Caucasian

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Captain James T. Kirk, from Star Trek
Kirk Van Houten, father of Milhouse on The Simpsons

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