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Mark Name Meaning

English Dutch and Sorbian: from Latin Marcus the personal name of Saint Mark the Evangelist author of the second Gospel in the New Testament. This name was also borne by a number of early Christian saints. Marcus is an ancient Roman name of uncertain (possibly non-Italic) etymology; it may have some connection with the name of the war god Mars; compare Martin . The personal name was not as popular in England in the Middle Ages as it was elsewhere in Europe especially in Italy where the evangelist became the patron of Venice and the Venetian Republic. He was allegedly buried at Aquileia. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed many cognates and similar-sounding names from other languages e.g. Polish Czech and Slovak Marek Ukrainian Slovenian Sorbian Rusyn and Croatian Marko Greek Markos and also their patronymics and other derivatives e.g. Jewish and Slavic Markowicz and Markovich ; see also 6 below. English and German; Dutch (Van der Mark): topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary between two districts from Middle English merke Middle High German marc Middle Dutch marke merke all meaning ‘borderland’. The German term also denotes an area of fenced-off land (see Marker ) and like the English word is embodied in various placenames which have given rise to habitational names. This surname (in any of the possible senses; see also 5 below) is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine; compare Marck ). English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Marck Pas-de-Calais France. Irish (northeastern Ulster): probably a short form of Markey (when not of English origin). German Danish and Dutch: from Marko a short form of any of the ancient Germanic compound personal names formed with mark ‘borderland’ as the first element for example Markwardt . Americanized form of French and Breton Marc .7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 麥 see Mai 8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 莫 see Mo

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Marck, Mars, Mari, Mar, Mak, Park, Mack, Marr, Mara, Marko

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Where is the Mark family from?

You can see how Mark families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mark family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mark families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 321 Mark families living in London. This was about 22% of all the recorded Mark's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Mark families in 1891.
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What did your Mark ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Mark. 14% of Mark men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Mark women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mark were Lorry Driver and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    14%
  • Insurance Agent
    6%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Lorry Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Domestic Servant
    4%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Mark life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Mark in 1943 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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