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Gender: Male Meaning of Dick: "dominant ruler" Origin of Dick: Diminutive of Richard

The name Dick is a boy's name of German origin meaning "dominant ruler". Dick and is often added to lists like Crazy Nicknames for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Dick was a once-common short form of Richard; replaced by Rick or Richie, and finally by the full name itself. Rude meaning -- make that two rude meanings -- pretty much knocks this one out of consideration.

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Famous People Named Dick

Richard Milhous "Dick" Nixon, 37th President of the U.S.
Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney, former U.S. Vice President
Richard Remick "Dick" Smothers, American comedian
Richard Alva "Dick" Cavett, American talk show host
Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke, American actor
Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark, American TV presenter
Richard Benjamin "Dick" Haymes, Argentine actor and singer
Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory, American comedian
Richard "Dick" Whittington, English merchant and Lord Mayor of London
Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Monsour), American surf-rock guitarist
Richard Morrow "Dick" Groat, American baseball and basketball player
Richard Alan "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster
Dick Stockton (born Richard Edward Stokvis), American sportscaster
Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell, American actor
Richard "Dick" McCourt, British comedian and presenter
Richard Anthony "Dick" Allen, American baseball player
James Dickinson "Dick" Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player
Richard "Dick" Turpin, English highwayman
Richard "Dick" Winters, WW2 hero, watch Band of Brothers!

Pop Culture References for the name Dick

Dick Diver, main character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night"
Richard John "Dick" Grayson, aka Robin, Batman's sidekick
"Dick Tracy," comic strip and its main character
Dick Daring, character on TV's "The Replacements"
Dick Casablancas, character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
Dick Solomon, character on TV's "3rd Rock from the Sun"
Dick Halloran, character in book/film The Shining
Dick Holland, main character in G. A. Henty's, The Tiger of Mysore
Dick Roman, character on the TV show "Supernatural"
Dick Ryan, character in G. A. Henty's, With Moore at Corunna, and, Under Wellington's Command
Dick Gumshoe, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Dick, character in "The Famous Five" by Enid Blyton
Dick's, American sporting goods chain


teddisy Says:


oh no, no, definitely matter the history or meaning, life long teasing and bullying won't do any good to your child, same with Dickson, Dicky (yes I know someone with the name Dicky).

April Ludgate Says:


Lesbians and heterosexual men.

I'm a Banana Says:


( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

I'm a Banana Says:


1. penis
2. jerk

Miri Says:


No. No. No!

abertawe Says:


I'm trying to think of the second rude meaning? lol

snowsbeloved Says:


I know what you mean...Richie sounds like a greasy playboy and Rick sounds like a sex offender :/

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I've never paid much attention to it since, obviously, it's an insult, and a commonly used one at that. But the more I think of it, the more Dick comes across as such a strong, domineering choice - which seems so perfect. Rick and Richie just don't compare to the sharp and smart and classically distinctive Dick, and it's adorable counterpart - Dickie!

Marlz81 Says:


Who doesn't like Dick???

Zelliew Says:


Not exactly popular any more

Catastroffy Says:


I agree.



dick does sound splendid

Guest Says:


I think this got the rude slang attached to it because of the phrase "every Tom, Dick, and Harry" meaning "everyman" and since Dick rhymes with Rick which is of course short for Richard it got attached to masculinity so when a guy was acting rude they called him a dick. There's probably some spottiness in that story but you guys get the gist of it haha. My mom worked with a guy named Richard who REFUSED to be called Dick but I guess some Richards still go by it because it is just a nickname. Like Molly still get used a lot even though it's slang for the drug ecstasy. I personally think Rich or Richie is cute or Rico or Rocco. Richard is one of the only classic male names I would actually use.

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AnonymousPerson Says:


I love this name. Rick and Richie sound disgusting, if you want my opinion. Dick sounds splendid. Why did it have to turn into rude words? >.< It's a perfectly nice name down the drain.

kmdharrington Says:


There is way way way to much teasing potential nowadays

caroblaise Says:


Remember when this was a name?

gigi Says:


Wow just wow what a name that's wrong ctfuu lmao