What does Derek mean?
Derek [derek] 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.
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(female) Dereki, Deret, .. Middle name pairings:
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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)
Derek was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #53 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is at #210 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Darek, Darrick, Dedrick, Dereck (#1343 last year), Deric, Derick (#1053), Derik, Derk, Derreck, Derrek, Derrick (#384), Derrik, Derry, Dieter, Dietrich, Dirk and Jerrick are the prominent alternative forms of Derek (#210 last year). Adoption of these relations of Derek was at its peak during the years 1980-1989 (median #1155) and has become much reduced since (#1721, ▼76.4%), with versions like Darrick becoming less trendy.
Derek▼ is alike in pronunciation to Daric, Darick, Dieric and Dierick. Other suggested similar 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.See names in meaning and etymology.