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What does Theodoric mean?

Theodoric Pronunciation of Theodoric [theodor-ic] as a boys' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Theodoric is "people's ruler". The original form of Dietrich, Derek and Dirk.

Associated with: ruler (king).


Theodoric has 12 variants: Derek, Derrick, Dieter, Dietrich, Dirck, Dirk, Rick, Ted, Teodorico, Thedric, Thedrick and Theodric.

Affiliated boy names: Dedrick, Terry, Thierry and Till.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Theodoric Shepherd (T.S.), ..

How popular is Theodoric?

Theodoric is an uncommonly occurring first name for men. Theodoric is an equally uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Theodoric (not ranked) are Derek (#210 from current records), Derrick (#384), Terry (#664), Rick (#1838), Ted, Dietrich, Dieter, Dedrick and Dirk. These forms of Theodoric reached the height of their popularity 65 years ago (median #821) and are now much less popular (#1455, 83.5%), with versions like Derek falling out of fashion. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dedrick, Derek, Derrick, Dieter, Dietrich in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dirk, Rick, Ted, Terry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Broderic (see Broderick), Brodric (see Broderick), Cedric, Chadric, Dedric, Frederic, Fredric, Godric, Kedric, Kendric, Meldric, Rhodric, Roddric (see Roderick), Roderic, Rodric, Sedric, Teador, Tedor, Tedric, Tedrick, Teodoor, Teodor, Teodoro, Theodon, Theodor, Theodore, Theodorus, Theodosios, Theodosius, Thorin and Todor. These names tend to be more commonly used than Theodoric.

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