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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 ""Don't call me ___, I go by ___"".

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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Comments

Raincove Says:

2019-06-11T04:56:17

Used to be an actual name, now it's associated with... *ahem* "willies"

teddisy Says:

2019-03-18T08:08:15

oh no, no, definitely no...no 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).

I'm a Banana Says:

2018-09-25T20:44:38

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I'm a Banana Says:

2018-09-25T20:43:53

1. penis
2. jerk

Miri Says:

2017-03-01T16:08:47

No. No. No!

abertawe Says:

2017-03-01T05:36:36

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

snowsbeloved Says:

2016-02-16T09:37:34

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

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2016-02-11T14:07:05

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:

2015-09-20T09:41:46

Who doesn't like Dick???

Zelliew Says:

2015-08-05T10:48:42

Not exactly popular any more

Catastroffy Says:

2014-12-23T23:23:16

I agree.

FUNCTIONBASIC Says:

2014-10-25T12:08:22

dick does sound splendid

Guest Says:

2014-10-18T19:26:11

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.

kiki Says:

2014-10-18T19:09:37

true

AnonymousPerson Says:

2014-07-18T08:12:17

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:

2014-06-04T20:55:05

There is way way way to much teasing potential nowadays

caroblaise Says:

2014-05-12T22:32:42

Remember when this was a name?

gigi Says:

2014-03-31T23:30:26

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