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pinWhat 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".

From Theodoric. Many phonetic variants have come into popular usuage. Basketball player Derrick Coleman; baseball player Derek Jeter.


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.

Affiliated boy names: Dedrick, Derry, Jerrick, Darroch and Dietrich.

Derek has 2 more relations via Theodoric: Dieter and Dirck.

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

Kreatif forms: Dairek, Durek. [more]

pinHow 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)

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) 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.

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Derick, Derik, Derrek, Derrick, Dirk in U.S.

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

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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.