What does Derek mean?
Derek /de-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".
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. Demographics)
Charted below is the baby name statistics 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 Names, 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) and Dirk are the prominent alternative forms of Derek (#205 last year). Adoption of these relations of Derek was at its peak during the years 1970-1979 (median #623) and is somewhat less today (#855, ▼61.7%), with versions like Darrick becoming less trendy. Derek and Derrick are two of the more chic names for newborns in this list.
Thinking of names?
Derek▲ is alike in pronunciation to Daric, Darick, Dieric and Dierick. Other suggested similar baby names are Arek, Barek, Damek, Danek, Darel, Daren▼, Dee▼, Deen, Deke, Dekel, Deker, Dene, Derbey, Derby, Derell, Deri, Deron▼, Derrel, Derren, Deryl, Deven▼, Dewey▼, Dierck, Dore, Dre, Drew▲, Erek, Garek, Gerek, Jarek, Jedrek, Jerek, Jurek, Marek, Mirek, Rurek, Tarek and Zarek. These names tend to be less commonly used than Derek.