Gender: Male Meaning of Derek: "the people's ruler" Origin of Derek: English from German form of THEODORIC Derek's Popularity in 2019: #304

Derek Origin and Meaning

The name Derek is a boy's name of German origin meaning "the people's ruler".

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 immigrant Flemish weavers. Baseball star Derek Jeter spawned a whole new generation of namesakes.

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Rank in US: #304

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Pop Culture References for the name Derek

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

Derek's International Variations

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


daydreams Says:


Great name, now ruined by Chauvin.

Vicky 101 Says:


My husband is named Derek too.

Eliza1303 Says:


I think this name is really strong. It’s also a name that I think doesn’t sound weird on a grownup or child. Meaning, the name isn’t a cute baby name but it also isn’t a super formal one either.

headintheclouds Says:


Derek is the quintessential all-American boy next door jock type of name to me, along with Jared, Eric, Kyle, Brett, Brock, Zachary etc, you know the type. Derek has a clean-cut to-the-point air of confidence to it, and I really like the meaning and origin of the name.

cabosanmucus Says:


My mom was going to name me this if I was a boy. I'm glad I'm a girl. Derek clashes with my last name in my view.

thesaltypeach Says:


This name is so pedestrian to me.

shelbynh Says:


I always wanted to name a little boy this - and then I met my husband...and turns out, this is his name! I love his name.

Saffron_Rice Says:


Derek is a strong, handsome name that deserves more attention - I can totally see it on a boy today.