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ScriptsМарк Russian
PronouncedPron.MAHRK English
MARK Russian

Meaning & History

Form of MARCUS. Saint Mark was the author of the second gospel in the New Testament. Though the author's identity is not certain, some traditions hold him to be the same person as the John Mark who appears in the Book of Acts. He is the patron saint of Venice, where he is supposedly buried. Though in use during the Middle Ages, Mark was not common in the English-speaking world until the 19th century, when it began to be used alongside the classical form Marcus.

In the Celtic legend of Tristan and Isolde this was the name of a king of Cornwall. It was also borne by the American author Mark Twain (1835-1910), real name Samuel Clemens, the author of 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huckleberry Finn'. He took his pen name from a call used by riverboat workers on the Mississippi River to indicate a depth of two fathoms. This is also the usual English spelling of the name of the 1st-century BC Roman triumvir Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony).
VariantsMarcus English Marco Dutch Marcus, Markus Swedish Marcus, Markus Norwegian Marcus, Markus Danish
Other Languages & CulturesMarkos Ancient Greek Marcus Ancient Roman Marko Basque Markos Biblical Greek Marcus Biblical Latin Marko Bulgarian Marc Catalan Margh Cornish Marko Croatian Marek Czech Markku, Marko, Markus Finnish Marc French Marco, Markus German Markos Greek Maleko Hawaiian Márk Hungarian Marcas Irish Marco Italian Markuss Latvian Marko Macedonian Marek Polish Marco, Marcos, Marquinhos Portuguese Mars Roman Mythology Marcas Scottish Marko Serbian Marek Slovak Marko Slovene Marco, Marcos Spanish Marko Ukrainian Marc Welsh
Same SpellingMárk


Saint Mark the Evangelist by Emmanuel Tzanes (1657)Saint Mark the Evangelist by Emmanuel Tzanes (1657)
Mark Twain (1909)Mark Twain (1909)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute