Clark Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a scribe or secretary, originally a member of a minor religious order who undertook such duties. The word clerc denoted a member of a religious order, from Old English cler(e)c ‘priest’, reinforced by Old French clerc. Both are from Late Latin clericus, from Greek klerikos, a derivative of kleros ‘inheritance’, ‘legacy’, with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites (see Levy) ‘whose inheritance was the Lord’. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. In the Middle Ages it was virtually only members of religious orders who learned to read and write, so that the term clerk came to denote any literate man.

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


Similar surnames: Clare, Clack, Lark, Clary, Plank, Flack, Clerk, Chard, Coard, Slack

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Clark Family Origin

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Clark Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • School

    4%
  • Going To School

    3%

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clark. A less common occupation for the Clark family was Going To School. The most common Clark occupation in Canada was Farmer. 35% of Clark's were Farmers.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Clark life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Clark in 1940 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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