Clark Family name
A scribe or clerk, the occupation from which the name derives
Meaning Clerk, scribe, secretary Region of origin England Language(s) of origin Old English Related names Clarke, Clerk Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons [1 ] Clark is an English surname in the English language, ultimately derived from the Latin clericus meaning "scribe", "secretary" or a scholar within a religious order, referring to someone who was educated. Clark evolved from " clerk". First records of the name are found in 12th century England. The name has many variants. [2 ] Clark is the twenty-seventh most common surname in the United Kingdom. Clark is also an occasional [1 ] given name, as in the case of Clark Gable.
According to the
1990 United States Census, Clark was the twenty-first most frequently encountered surname, accounting for 0.23% of the population. Notable people with the surname include: [3 ] Abraham Clark (1725–1794), American politician and Revolutionary War figure Alan Clark (1928–1999), British Conservative politician and author, son of Kenneth Clark Allen George Clark (1898–1962), British businessman Andy Clark (musician), British musician Anne Clark (born 1960), poet-songwriter Augusta Clark (1932–2013), American librarian, lawyer and politician Benjamin S. W. Clark (1829–1912), New York politician Billy J. Clark (1778–1866), New York physician and politician Bob Clark (Benjamin "Bob" Clark) (1941–2007), American director Brian Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Buddy Clark (1911–1949), American singer Carmel Clark (born 1965), New Zealand swimmer Catherine Clark (born 1976), Canadian television host Charles Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Chris Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Christian Clark (born 1979), Australian actor Claudine Clark, R&B singer and performer of the 1962 hit record "Party Lights" Colin Clark (disambiguation) Corrie Clark (born 1982), American breaststroke swimmer Dallas Clark, American football player Daniel Clark (Canadian politician and actor), Canadian actor Daniel Kinnear Clark (1822–1896), British railway mechanical engineer Darius Clark (1798–1871), New York physician and politician Dave Clark (musician) (born 1942), drummer of The Dave Clark Five David Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Davis Wasgatt Clark (1812–1871), American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church Dick Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Dick Clark (1929–2012), entertainer and producer, host of Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Douglas Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Duncan Clark (1910–2007), an American public health specialist Duncan Clark (athlete) (1915–2003), Scottish hammer thrower Dwight Clark, American football player Earl Clark, American Basketball player Edward Clark, multiple people Edward Clark (1888–1962), English conductor and music producer Elky Clark (1898-1956), Scottish boxer of the 1920s Ernest Clark (1912–1994), British actor Eugene Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Frank Clark (footballer), English football player Gavin Brown Clark (1846–1930), MP for Caithness George Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Gerry Clark (1927–1999), New Zealand sailor and ornithologist Ginger Clark (1879–1943), American baseball pitcher Glenn Clark (born 1969), Canadian coach of Toronto Rock Grahame Clark (1907-1995), British archaeologist Helen Clark (born 1950), Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008 Hilda Clark (1872–1932), American Coca-Cola advertising spokesperson Hilda Margery Clarke (born 1926), English painter and curator Horace Clark, 1830s New York politician Horace F. Clark (1815–1873), US Congressman from New York Hugh Massey Clark (1886–1956), New York philatelist Hulda Regehr Clark, alternative medicine practitioner Isabella Clark, wife of Prime Minister of Canada Sir John A. Macdonald Jack Clark (disambiguation), multiple people James Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Jeff Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Jim Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Joe Clark (born 1939), former Prime Minister of Canada John Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Jonas Gilman Clark (1815–1900), American businessman and the founder of Clark University Joseph Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Joshua Clark, (born 1980), American writer Karen Clark (born 1945), American politician from Minnesota Katy Clark (born 1967), British politician and trade union official Kelly Clark (born 1983), American snowboarder Kelly Clark (lawyer) (1957–2013), American lawyer Ken Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Kenneth Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Leslie J. Clark (1924–2003), British engineer and founder of Parvalux Louis Clark, musician and conductor with the Orchestra (former members of ELO and ELO Part II) Lynn G. Clark, American botanist Manning Clark (1915–1991), Australian historian Marcus R. Clark (born 1956), Louisiana Supreme Court justice Mark Wayne Clark (1896–1984), American Army General in WW2 (Italy) and the Korean War Nancy B. Clark, person of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts Ocky Clark (born 1960), American middle distance runner Orville Clark (1801–1862), New York politician Otey Clark (born 1915), American baseball pitcher R. Foster Clark, American college sports coach R. Scott Clark (born 1961) American seminary professor Ramsey Clark (born 1927), U.S. Attorney General and activist Ranza Clark (born 1961), Canadian middle distance runner Robert Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Robin Clark (pop singer), (born 1949), 1960s American pop singer Roger Clark, British rally driver Ryan Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Samuel Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Satterlee Clark, Jr., American politician Shawn M. Clark (born ca 1964), American organizational theorist Sherman Clark (1899–1980), American Olympic rower and Rear Admiral Simon Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Steve Clark (1960–1991), British guitarist for Def Leppard Stuart Clark (born 1975), Australian cricketer Sir Terence Clark (born 1934), British retired diplomat and writer Theresa Maria Clark (c. 1890 – 1953), person of New York Thomas Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Tom Clark (journalist), Canadian television journalist Tom C. Clark (1899–1977), U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Supreme Court justice Tracy Clark, fictional character from The CW primetime drama 90210 Wendel Clark (born 1966), retired Canadian ice hockey player Wesley K. Clark (born 1944), American Army General in the Vietnam War and Kosovo Wilfrid Le Gros Clark (1895–1971), British palaeanthropologist Will Clark (born 1964), American baseball player William Clark (disambiguation), multiple people Zenas Clark (1795–1864), New York politician See also [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]