What does Derek mean?
Derek /de-rek/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced DARE-ik. It is of English and Old German origin, and the meaning of Derek is "people's ruler".
How popular is Derek?
Derek is a very popular first name for males (#163 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#68782 out of 150436, Top 46%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Derek for boys. Derek was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest rank of #53 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is at #205 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Derek and affiliated names. Darrick, Dedrick, Dereck, Deric, Derick, Derik, Derrek, Derrick (#353 last year), Dirk, Rick and Ted are the prominent alternative forms of Derek (#205 last year). Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4243%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.1202%, ▼71.7%), with versions like Derick, Derik, Dirk, Rick and Ted becoming somewhat dated. Derek (#205) and Derrick (#353) are two of the more chic names for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)