What does Derrick mean?
Derrick /der-rick/ as a boys' name is of Old German derivation, and the meaning of the name Derrick is "people's ruler". Derrick is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -ick, of Derek (English, Old German): from Theodoric. See also Darrick and Jerrick.
(male) Dirick, Dorick, ..
(female) Derdi, Deria, ..
How popular is Derrick?
Derrick is a very popular first name for men (#178 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#3554 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name statistics of Derrick for boys. Derrick was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #84 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #353 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Derrick and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Derrick (#353 last year) rated in the Top 2000 are Darek, Darrick, Dereck (#1218 last year), Derek (#205), Deric, Derick (#1044), Derik, Derk, Derreck, Derrek, Derrik, Dietrich and Jerrick. Other forms, like Dirck, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Derrick was more pronounced 3 decades ago (median #1067) and has become significantly less since (#1630, 75.3% less usage), with forms such as Derek becoming less fashionable.
Derrick▼ is pronounced similarly to Daric, Darick, Darroch, Darrock, Dieric and Dierick. Other recommended names are Aerick, Aerric, Aerrick, Aerricko, Arrick, Barrick, Carrick, Cedrick, Corrick, Darrius▼, Dedric, Dedrick, Delrick, Delrico, Deroyce, Derrian, Derrie, Derril, Derrill, Derrin, Derrius, Diedrick, Dierck, Errick, Garrick▼, Herrick, Herrik (see Herrick), Herryck, Jedrick, Jerick, Jerric, Jerrico, Jerrik, Kedrick, Kenrick, Kerrick, Merrick▲, Merrik, Meyrick, Orrick, Sedrick, Tedrick, Varrick, Warrick and Yorrick. These names tend to be less commonly used than Derrick.