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What does the name Clark mean?

The Clark name and its variants have been found in England dating back to the 1100s (where it is the 14th most common in Scotland, and 27th most prevalent in England). Clark is an occupational surname that has appeared independently in a number of places across the country. It comes from the Latin word 'clericus', referring to someone who was educated, a scholar (perhaps in a holy order), secretary or scribe.

The earliest occurrence of the Clark surname in our family history documents is from 1380, and we currently have 5,300,430 records where Clark appears.

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