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Gender: M Meaning of Derek: "the people's ruler" Origin of Derek: English from German form of THEODORIC Derek's Popularity in 2013: #205

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Derek started out as a sophisticated Brit, but the name became so common over the last decades of the twentieth century that it lost much of its English accent, along with its stylish edge. Derek was a Top 100 name in the U.S. for 25 years, from 1970 to 1995.

Derek was introduced into Britain during the Middle Ages by immagrant Flemish weavers. Baseball star Derek Jeter spawned a whole new generation of namesakes.

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Famous People Named Derek

Derek Hough, American dancer; brother of Julianne Hough
Derek Jacobi, English actor
Derek Jeter, American baseball player
Derek Fisher, American basketball player
Derek Anderson, American football player
Derek Hardman, American football player
Derek Hall, American football player
Derek Hagan, American football player
Derek Newton, American football player
Derek Cox, American football player
Derek Landri, American football player
Derek Lowe, American baseball player
Derek Keith Barbosa, American rapper
Derek Thompson, English actor who plays Charlie Fairhead in Casualty
Derek Barton, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Pop Culture References for the Name Derek

Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd, Grey's Anatomy
Derek Venturi, main character in TV's 'Life With Derek'
Derek Hale, a character on TV's "Teen Wolf"
Derek Morgan, character on TV's Criminal Minds
Derek Clifford Simmons, character in the video game Resident Evil 6
Derek Reese, "The Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles" character
Derek, British TV series written and starring Ricky Gervais as Derek
Derek Vinyard, character from the movie "American History X"
Derek Malloy, character on TV's "The Client List"

Darriq, Dedrec, Dedreck, Dedrek, Dedrik, Derec, Dereck, Deric, Derik, Deriq, Derreck, Derry, Derryck, Derryk, Deryk, Deryke, Dirke, Dyrk, Rick, Ricky

Derek's International Variations

Derick, Derrick, Diederik, Derk, Derrek (Danish) Dirk (Dutch) Dedrick, Diederick, Dietrich, Darrick, Dedric (German) Derrig, Derrik (Irish) Daric (Persian)