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 is a very popular first name for males (#163 out of 1220, Top 13%) 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. Derek reached its highest rank of #53 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Derek and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Derek (#205), Derrick (#353), Derrek, Dedrick, Derik, Dirk, Deric, Darrick, Dereck and Derick. (2014 statistics).