Clark originated as an English surname, originally an occupational name for someone who worked as a scribe or a secretary, or for someone who was a member of the clergy; in the Middle Ages only those who belonged to a religious order were able to read and write, so it may also have originated as a nickname for any literate man.

The name comes from Old English clerc (clergyman, clerk) via Late Latin clericus (priest, clergyman; learned man, clerk) via Ancient Greek klerikos (of or pertaining to clergy) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “cleric, scribe, clerk”

Usage: English


  • Clarke (English)