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What does Derek mean?

Derek Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: ruler (king), popular (famous).


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.

2 more relations via Theodoric: Dieter and Dirck.

3 feminine forms: Derica, Derinda and Derine.

Creative forms:
(male) Dedek, Dyrek, ..

(female) Dereki, Deret, ..

Middle name pairings:
Derek Yakov (D.Y.), ..

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Derek name in U.S.

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Derek, Darek, Darrick, Dedrick, Dereck in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deric, Derick, Derik, Derk, Derreck in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Derrek, Derrick, Derrik, Derry, Dieter in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dietrich, Dirk, Jerrick in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.

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