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What does Dirk mean?

Dirk Pronunciation of Dirk [dirk] as a boys' name is pronounced derk. It is of Danish and Old German origin, and the meaning of Dirk is "the people's ruler". Variant of Derek, and Dietrich. The name is also the Scottish term for a small, sharp knife. See also Dedrick. Flemish painter Dierick Bouts.

Associated with: ruler (king), scottish, small (little), knife (warrior).

Variations

Dirk has 4 variants: Dierck, Dieric, Dierick and Dirck.

Related boy name: Theodoric.

17 more different relations via Dedrick, Derek, Dietrich: Darek, Deke, Dereck, Derek, Deric, Derick, Derik, Deriq, Derk, Derrek, Derrik, Derryk, Deryck, Deryk, Deryke, Dirke and Dyrk.

Creative forms:
(male) Deark, Dork, ..

(female) Dide, Dira, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dirk Braylin (D.B.), ..

How popular is Dirk?

Dirk is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#750 out of 1220, Top 61%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#40203 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Dirk entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its peak position of #439 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Darek, Dedrick, Dereck (#1343 from recent data), Derek (#210), Deric, Derick (#1053), Derik, Derk, Derrek, Derrik and Dietrich are the prominent related forms of Dirk. Other variants, like Deke, are seldom used. These forms of Dirk were at the top of their popularity in 1990 (median #1103) and have become much less widespread since (#1717, 75.1%), with forms like Dirk becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dirk, Darek, Dedrick, Dereck, Derek in U.S.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Berk, Birk, Burk, Cork, Dack, Dar, Dard, Darko, Dart, Deri, Dice, Dick, Dicky, Dima, Dino, Dion, Diot, Dipak, Dix, Dor, Dore, Dory, Dre, Dru, Dwire, Jerk, Kerk, Kirk, Kyrk, Lark, Mark, Turk and York. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dirk.

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