Mark Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: MAHRK (key)

Origin of the name Mark:

English cognate of the Latin Marcus, a name of debated origin and meaning. Most believe it has its root in Mars, the name of the Roman mythological god of war, and thus give it the meaning “war-like.” Others, however, think it to be from mas (manly) or from the Greek malakoz (soft, tender). The name was borne in the Bible by one of the four evangelists, the author of the second Gospel.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Marc, Marco, Marcus, Marek, Markus, Marcos

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Comments and insights on the name Mark

A good, pleasant-sounding name.

Karm and Mark are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Is Karm a name? Never heard of it!

Personal experiences with the name Mark

I have an uncle Mark. His sibling are Judy, Ruth, Sarah, Jon, and Debbie. Old fashioned, simple and nice name.

My husband changed his name to Mark. Similar to his original name, but simpler. No confusions anymore.

We named our second son Mark in 2012. He is the only Mark we know under 30. It is a great name that is simple, classic and never mispronounced.

My dad's name was Mark, he hated it "like a mark on the wall"... I'm still considering it if I have a son.

Nicknames for Mark

Marcus, Marky, Marco (Polo), Mick, Mickey, markymoo

Meanings and history of the name Mark
Famous real-life people named Mark

Mark Twain, American author
Mark Hamill, American actor from the "Star Wars" movies
Mark Sheehan, guitarist of The Script
Mark Wahlberg, AKA Marky Mark, actor/rapper
Mark Spitz, Olympic swimmer
Mark Anthony (Marcus Antonius), Roman general and lover of Cleopatra
Mark Foster, American Musician, Lead singer of Foster the People
Mark Pontius, American Musician, Drummer of Foster the People
Mark Knopfler, British musician (Dire Straits)
Mark Owen, Singer/ Previous member of the band "Take That"
Mark Teixeira, American professional baseball player.
Mark Hoppus, bassist and vocalist for bands blink-182 and +44.
Mark Sanchez, American football quarterback
Mark Buehrle, starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox.
Mark Speight, Previous children's entertainer and artist of the children's art show "Smart"
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and creator of Facebook
Mark Sheppard, British actor
Mark Pellegrino, American actor
Mark Ruffalo, American actor
Mark Fischbach, an American YouTuber known by his username Markiplier
Mark Gatiss, actor, writer, strangler
Mark Tuan, Taiwanese-American main rapper, lead dancer, and sub-vocalist of South Korean pop boy group GOT7
Mark Lee, young, talented, and adorable South Korean-Canadian rapper and vocalist of South Korean pop boy group NCT 127, NCT U, NCT DREAM, and new K-Pop group SuperM. Give him some love. He’s(mentally)a kid.

Mark in song, story & screen

Mark Cohen, main character/narrator of Broadway musical Rent.
Dr. Mark Sloan, former character in Grey's Anatomy. Head of plastic surgery, and is now deceased.
Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones' love interest in the novels by Helen Fielding (and played by Colin Firth in the film adaptations)
The name Mark is mentioned in the song "The Kids Aren't Alright" by the Offspring.
Mark Sheppard, DJ from the X-Men

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