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- (RP) IPA: /mɑː(r)k/, SAMPA: /mA:(r)k/
- AusE IPA: /maːk/, SAMPA: /ma:k/
- GenAm IPA: /mɑrk/, SAMPA: /mArk/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)k
- Homophone: mark
- A male given name.
- (Biblical) Mark the Evangelist, also called John Mark, first patriarch of Alexandria and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Mark.
- (Biblical) The Gospel of St. Mark, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the second of the four gospels.
- jocular diminutive: Marky
- Latinate form: Marcus
- related male names: Marcel, Martin
- female given name: Marcia
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version): Acts 15: 37-39:
- And Barnabas was determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought it not good to take him with them, who departed from them in Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder from the other; and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed to Cyprus.
- 1988 Ann Oakley: Men's Room: p.25-26:
- "And your name?" she said, "I suppose it's quite unremarkable?"
- "Very funny."
- "Mark. It could stand as a symbol of for a man, for men as a category," she reflected,"but I don't suppose that's why your mother gave it to you?"
- "My mother's motives always were inpenetrable to me. I was her only child, she wanted a simple life. So she gave me a simple name to go along with it. --- It wasn't a popular name until the nineteenth century. People were put of by King Mark in the Tristram and Iseult."
- A male given name, cognate to English Mark.
Middle High German
Old High German marcha
- A usually fortified area along the border; marches.
- A male given name, short form of compound names beginning with the Germanic element mark "area along the border", such as Markolf and Markward.
an area along the border
Old High German marg
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