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What does Deke mean?

Deke Pronunciation of Deke [deke] as a boys' name is a Greek and Old German name, and the name Deke means "dusty one; servant; messenger; people's ruler". Deke is an alternate form of Deacon (Greek). Deke is also a variant of Dietrich (Old German): version of Theodoric.

Associated with: greek, servant, messenger (prophet), ruler (king).


6 related forms via Deacon, Dietrich: Deakin, Deekon, Dekel, Dekle, Derek and Dirk.

Creative forms:
(male) Daike, Dece, ..

(female) Dekea, Dera, ..

Middle name pairings:
Deke Axle (D.A.), ..

How popular is Deke?

Deke is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#141788 out of 150436, Top 94%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Deacon (#453 via latest list), Derek (#210), Dietrich and Dirk are the popular alternative forms of Deke (unlisted) ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Deke were favored 25 years ago (average #1314) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1165, 66%), with versions such as Dirk becoming less fashionable. Deacon is the most trendy boy name among these. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deacon, Derek, Dietrich, Dirk in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Derek outside U.S.

Similar Names

Deke is alike in pronunciation to Dack, Dick and Duke. Other suggested similar names are Bake, Berke, Dace, Dade, Dale, Dane, Dave, Dawe, Daye, De-, Dean, Deane, Decker, Dee, Deen, Deker, Dekker, Del, Deli, Dell, Den, Dene, Deon, Deri, Derk, Deryke, Des, Desi, Deus, Dev, Deven, Dewey, Dewi, Dewie, Dex, Dexy, Deyn, Dezi, Dice, Dirke, Dore, Dowe, Drake, Dre, Drue, Dyce, Eike, Heike, Ike, Jake, Lake, Luke, Mike, Myke, Pike, Pyke, Renke, Rike, Wake and Zeke. These names tend to be more commonly used than Deke.

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