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Meaning and name origin

Derek \d(e)-rek\ as a boy's 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.

Derek has 21 variant forms: 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.

There are 3 feminine forms of Derek: Derica, Derinda and Derine.


Popularity

Derek is a very popular first name for males (#163 out of 1220) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Derek for boys (2014 statistics).


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 the boy name Derek and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Darrick, Dedrick, Dereck, Derek, Deric, Derick, Derik, Derrick and Dirk. (2014 statistics).


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

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


Similar Names

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

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