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Meaning and Name Origin

Derek \d(e)-rek\ 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". From Theodoric. Many phonetic variants have come into popular usuage. Basketball player Derrick Coleman; baseball player Derek Jeter.


Variations

Derek has 21 variants: Darek, Darrick, Darriq, Dereck, Deric, Derick, Derik, Deriq, Derk, Derreck, Derrek, Derrick, Derrik, Derryck, Derryk, Deryck, Deryk, Deryke, Dirk, Dirke and Dyrk.

For more information, see also related boy names Dedrick, Derry, Jerrick, Darroch and Dietrich.

Derek has 9 more related variations via Theodoric: Dieter, Dietrich, Dirck, Rick, Ted, Teodorico, Thedric, Thedrick and Theodric.

Derek has 3 feminine forms: Derica, Derinda and Derine.


Popularity

Derek is a very popular first name for males (#163 out of 1220, Top 13%) but a unique surname for all people. (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. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #205 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Derek name in U.S.

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

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 1970-1979 and has become much lower since, 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Darrick, Dedrick, Dereck, Derek, Deric, Derick, Derik, Derrek, Derrick, Dirk in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rick, Ted in U.S.

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


Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Dierck, Gerek and Jerek. These names tend to be less commonly used than Derek.

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