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Dirk is a baby boy’s name of Danish and Flemish that means “the people’s ruler”. Dirk was popular in the mid-20th century but disappeared by the 1990s. It is a diminutive of the vintage name Theodric.

Meaning of the name Dirk:

Dutch, Flemish: the people’s ruler

Origin of the name Dirk:

Dirk is a baby boy’s name of Dutch and Flemish origin that means “the people’s ruler”. Dirk is a contracted form of the name Diederik and a diminutive of Theodric.

Symbolism of the name Dirk:

Dirk means “the people’s ruler” and brings to mind all of the royal symbolism like the crown, sword, scepter, and throne. A dirk is also a type of knife.

Style of the name Dirk:

traditional

Gender of the name Dirk:

Dirk is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Dirk:

DIRK (Dutch, German), DURK (English)

Number of syllables in the name Dirk:

one

Emotion evoked from the name Dirk:

Dirk evokes feelings of leadership and hard work.

Alternative spellings for the name Dirk:

Derk, Durk, Dierk

Nicknames for the name Dirk:

  • Dee

Popularity of the name Dirk:

According to the Social Security Administration, Dirk is a popular baby boy’s name. Dirk was in the top 1000 baby names from 1947 to 1989. It peaked at #341 in 1954.

Related names for the name Dirk:

Great middle names for the name Dirk and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Dirk:

  • Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pro basketball player)
  • Dirk Been (American reality TV personality)
  • Dirk Bogarde (English actor)
  • Dirk Kuyt (Dutch footballer)
  • Dirk Maggs (British radio producer, director and writer)

Dirk in popular culture:

  • Dirk Strider (comic, “Homestuck”)
  • Dirk Valentine (video game, “Secret of Shadow Ranch”)
  • Dirk Diggler (film, “Boogie Nights”)
  • Dirk Calloway (film, “Rushmore”)
  • Dirk (literature, “Arrows” series by Mercedes Lackey)