MARK
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Марк (Russian)
PRONOUNCED: MAHRK (English, Russian)   [key]
Meaning & History
Form of MARCUS. Saint Mark was the author of the second Gospel in the New Testament. 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 actually 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).

Related Names
VARIANTS: Marcus (English), Marco (Dutch), Marcus, Markus (Swedish), Marcus, Markus (Norwegian), Marcus, Markus (Danish)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Markos (Ancient Greek), Marcellinus, Marcellus, Marcius, Marcus (Ancient Roman), Marko, Martzel (Basque), Markos (Biblical Greek), Marcus (Biblical Latin), Marko (Bulgarian), Marc, Marcel (Catalan), Margh (Cornish), Marko (Croatian), Marcel, Marek (Czech), Markku, Marko, Markus (Finnish), Marc, Marcel (French), Marcel, Marcellus, Marco, Markus, Marcell, Marzell (German), Markos (Greek), Maleko (Hawaiian), Marcell, Márk (Hungarian), Marcas (Irish), Marcello, Marco, Marzio (Italian), Markuss (Latvian), Marko (Macedonian), Marcel, Marceli, Marek (Polish), Marcelo, Márcio, Marco, Marcos, Marcelinho, Marquinhos (Portuguese), Marcel (Romanian), Marcas (Scottish), Marko (Serbian), Marcel, Marek (Slovak), Marko (Slovene), Marcelo, Marcio, Marco, Marcos (Spanish), Marko (Ukrainian), Marc (Welsh)
Popularity
United States  ranked #176 
England/Wales  ranked #214 
Canada (BC)  - 
Australia (NSW)  - 
Hungary  ranked #20 
Ireland  ranked #48 
Netherlands  ranked #188 
Northern Ireland  ranked #79 
Scotland  ranked #96 
Slovenia  ranked #7