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What does Dick mean?

Dick /dick/ as a boys' name is pronounced dik. It is of English and Old German origin, and the meaning of Dick is "powerful leader".

A rhyming nickname from medieval times. Richard was shortened to Rick, then rhymed to Dick, and variants like Dickson and Dix (which is also the French word meaning "ten") followed. Figure skater Dick Button.


Dick has 4 variants: Dickson, Dicky, Dix and Dixon.

Dick has 17 more related forms via Richard, Rick: Dickie, Ric, Ricci, Ricco, Rich, Rick, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Rico, Rik, Riki, Rikk, Rikke, Rikki and Rikky.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Dayck, Deck, ..

(female) Dici, Dicki, ..

How popular is Dick?

Dick is a somewhat popular first name for males (#721 out of 1220, Top 59%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#1492 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Dick for boys. Dick reached its highest rank of #150 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Popular related forms of Dick are Richard (#141 from current records), Ricky (#519), Rico (#1216), Rickey (#1511), Rick (#1711), Dixon (#1935), Rickie, Ricki, Rich, Dicky, Dickie, Ric, Ricci and Ricco. These relations of Dick were at the apex of their popularity in the 1940s (usage of 3.4%) and have become significantly less common since (usage 0.2%, 94.1% less), with forms like Ricky falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dick, Dickie, Dicky, Dixon, Ric in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ricci, Ricco, Rich, Richard, Rick in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Rico in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Dick is pronounced similarly to Dack, Deke and Duke. Other suggested similar names are Alick, Arick, Beck, Brick, Buck, Chick, Dace, Dacy, Daicy, Damick (see Damek), Darick, Derick, Derk, Dice, Dierck, Dima, Dino, Dion, Diot, Dipak, Dirck, Dirk, Dirke, Dyce, Dyrk, Erick, Frick, Heck, Jack, Jock, Lock, Luck, Mack, Mick, Nick, Rock, Tuck, Ulick, Vick, Wick, Wyck and Zack. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dick.