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Derek is a British name that originated during the Middle Ages from Germany. It originally had a harsh British sound, but that has been lost with the introduction of the name in America. There are many alternative spellings of Derek too, ranging from Derrick to Deric.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Derek:

Derek is a British name that originates from the classical German name, Theodoric. Flemish weavers came to Great Britain during the Middle Ages, bringing with them the name that would become Derek. Originally, the old English version of Theodoric was Dederick, but this changed to just Derek. The name means “the people's ruler”.

Symbolism of the Name Derek:

Derek has the same meaning as Theodoric, an old German name. Theodoric actually serves as the original basis for the name as immigrants brought it to England.

Nicknames for the Name Derek:

When considering Derek as a name for your child, you'll want to think about the nicknames that go with it. We've made it easy for you by making a list of all of the best nicknames for Derek:

  • Erick
  • Rick 
  • Ricky 
  • Dek
  • Dare
  • Derry
  • Drekie
  • Rek
  • Rekers
  • T-Rex
  • Rex 
  • Darry
  • Daredevil

Style of the Name Derek:


Gender of the Name Derek:

Derek is a strong name for boys.

Pronunciation of the Name Derek:


Number of Syllables in the Name Derek:


Emotion Evoked From the Name Derek:

Derek is a strong first name. It feels noble and refined.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Derek:

Popularity of the Name Derek:

The baby name Derek became a top 1,000 name in 1943 at number 714. From 1970 to 1995, it was a top 100 name, ranking at number 50 in 1980 and 1982. It was a top 150 name from 2000 – 2003. In more recent years, the name has descended in popularity, ranking at 298 in 2022.

Great Middle Names for Derek and Their Meanings:

  • James (supplanter)
  • Anthony (priceless one, highly praiseworthy)
  • Shane (God is gracious)
  • Wesley (western meadow)
  • Marshall (horsekeeper)
  • Julian (young at heart)
  • Travis (to cross over)

Famous People with the Name Derek:

  • Derek Jeter (MLB player)
  • Derek Hough (professional dancer)
  • Derek Klena (actor, “Anastasia”)
  • Derek Jacobi (actor, “I, Claudius”)
  • Derek Walcott (songwriter, “A Far Cry from Africa”)
  • Derek Fisher (NBA coach)
  • Derek Anderson (NFL player)
  • Derek Shepherd (character from “Grey's Anatomy”)
  • Derek Venturi (character from “Life with Derek”)
  • Derek Hale (character from “Teen Wolf”)
  • Derek Simmons (character from “Resident Evil 6” video game)
  • Derek Reese (character from “The Terminator”)
  • Derek Vinyard (character from “American History X”)
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