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.
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 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 and Derrek. Other forms, like Derreck, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Derrick was more pronounced 3 decades ago (median #594) and is somewhat lower today (#819, 55.5% less), with forms such as Dereck becoming less fashionable. Derek and Derrick are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this compilation.
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Derrick▲ is pronounced similarly to Daric, Darick, Darroch, Darrock, Dieric and Dierick. Other recommended similar baby 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, 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.