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Originates from latin meaning martial. From a Roman clan name (Marcius) and first name (Marcus) that are both believed to be related to Mars, the god of war. A similar form is Marcellus, or "little Mark", which gives names such as the French Marcel and the Italian Marcello. The second Gospel was written by Mark, who apparently had many of the firsthand details from Peter, the leader of the twelve apostles. Mark is said to have traveled to Italy, and the name has always been popular there, especially in Venice, where the famous church of St. Mark is located. In the thirteenth century, the Venetian Marco Polo visited the court of Kublai Khan and brought back the first accurate description of China. The name was introduced in England about the same time, but it was seldom used until the 1800s, when it was adopted in Britain and the United States. However, the widely known American author Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) took his pen name not from Mark but from an expression used by Mississippi riverboat pilots. It dropped from fashion early in this century, and then in the 1960s, it began a strong revival.

Variations of the name Mark: Marc, Marco, Marcos, Marcus

As well as being a popular male name, Mark is the name of several things of interest:

Biblical

Measurement and currency

Geography

Literature and legend

Slang

Surname

  • Marks (http://genealogy.wikicities.com/wiki/Category:Marks_Surname) is a surname.

Technology

Sport

Football

  • To mark in association football (or soccer) is to have a player follow an opposing striker or other prominent player, and attempt to prevent them getting control of the ball and/or scoring.
  • A mark in Australian Rules Football is a "clean" catch from a kick by another player, from either team. For a mark to be paid the ball must not have touched the ground or another player. A player taking a mark is entitled to a free kick, from behind the point at which the ball was caught.
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