What does Derrick mean?
Derrick \d(e)-rri-ck\ as a boys' name is of English and Old German derivation, and the meaning of the name Derrick is "people's ruler". Derrick is a variation of Derek (English, Old German): from Theodoric. See also Darrick and Jerrick.
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 popularity of Derrick for boys. Derrick was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest position of #83 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 1000 are Darrick, Dereck, Derek (#205 last year), Deric, Derick, Derik, Derrek, Dirk, Rick and Ted. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4356%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.1311%, down 69.9%), with forms such as Derick, Derik, Dirk, Rick and Ted falling out of fashion. Derek (#205) and Derrick (#353) are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Derrick is pronounced similarly to Darick, Darrock and Dierick. Other recommended similar baby names are Aerrick, Dedrick, Delrick, Derrius, Herrick, Kerrick and Merrick. These names tend to be less commonly used than Derrick.