Gender: Male Pronunciation: DEE-trish Meaning of Dietrich: "ruler of the people" Origin of Dietrich: German

Dietrich Origin and Meaning

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

This form of Theodoric, familiar via Marlene, is a possible German import. It is an Anglicized ancestor of Derek and all its variations. A noted bearer was acclaimed classical German baritone and conductor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and there have been Dietrichs in Henry James's The Princess Casamassima,/em and more recently on the TV show Psych.

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Famous People Named Dietrich

Pop Culture References for the name Dietrich

Derek, Dirk, Dedrick, Deke

Dietrich's International Variations

Tiede, Diederick, Diderick (Dutch)


Ruanne Says:


In some German dialects the ich sound is softer than others, so it's almost ish, but in standard German, it's a k sound drawn out to something like you're clearing your throat.

Dietrich Says:


It IS diet rich. And it is a boys name. You can use Dietrike for a girl.

Dietrich Says:


No. It is the closest in English to clearing your throat to spit. It takes practice.

beachbear Says:


I have never thought of this name that way. I can only hope I eventually un-see it...

RainbowCherry Says:


The name is German and this is pretty much the correct pronunciation. Because the ending -rich would be pronounced like the English word "rich" or like "Rick" by English speaking people so the -trish comes much closer to the actual pronunciation in German.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


I have NEVER heard this name pronounced as Dee-trish.

snowsbeloved Says:


Am I the only one who thinks this would be super cute on a girl?!? Only thing is people unfamiliar with this name might think it's "diet rich"...

Wolfgang Says:


Pronounced "DEE-trich" or "DEE-trik".

Dietrich the Great is a famous historical and legendary German hero.

It is also the name of the first King of Italy, a German.