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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.


Derrick has 16 variants: Darek, Darrick, Darriq, Dereck, Deric, Derick, Derik, Deriq, Derreck, Derrek, Derrik, Derryck, Derryk, Deryck, Deryk and Deryke.

Derrick has 4 more related forms via Derek, Theodoric: Derk, Dietrich, Dirck and Thedrick.

Kreatif forms:
(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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Similar Names


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.