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.
Associated with: ruler (king).
(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 #384 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Below is a graphed analysis of the ranking of the boy name Derrick and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Derrick (#384 last year) rated in the Top 2000 are Darek, Darrick, Dereck (#1343 last year), Derek (#210), Deric, Derick (#1053), Derik, Derk, Derreck, Derrek, Derrik, Dietrich and Jerrick. Other forms, like Dirck, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Derrick was more pronounced 4 decades ago (median #1067) and has become significantly less since (#1642, 76% 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.See names in meaning and etymology.