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

The name Dietrich is a boy's name of German origin meaning "ruler of the people". Dietrich and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets you know".

From the experts:

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

Dietrich Albrecht - American soccer player
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - German pastor and martyr
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone singer
Dietrich Eckart, German politician
Dieterich Buxtehude, Danish-German composer and organist.
Dietrich von Hildebrand, German Catholic philosopher and theologian
Wilhelm Dietrich von Buddenbrock, Prussian field marshal and cavalry leader

Pop Culture References for the name Dietrich

Gordon Deitrich, character in film "V for Vendetta"
Diedrich Knickerbocker, the fictional 'author' of Washington Irving's History of New York (1809)
Diedrich Hoffendahl, revolutionary in The Princess Casamassima (1866) by Henry James
Dietrich Mannheim, character on TV's "Psych"
Diedrich, female character in manga/anime "Claymore"

Derek, Dedrick, Dirk, Deke

Dietrich's International Variations

Tiede, Diederick, Diderick (Dutch)


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.