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Gender: male
Pronunciation: DARE-ik, DEH-rek, DER-ek, DARE-eck
Meaning: leader of the people, ruler of the people, gifted ruler
Related Names: Darek, Darren, Darrick, Darriq, Dereck, Deric, Derick, Derik, Deriq, Derk, Derreck, Derrek, Derrick, Derrik, Derryck, Derryk, Deryck, Deryk, Deryke, Dick, Dirk, Dirke, Dyrk, Jerrick, Rick, Tarek

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 145


Name: derek Origin: Old Germanic,,, German,, Meaning (no case): leader of the people, ruler of the people, gifted ruler



The name Derek derives from the German “Thiudoreiks” meaning “leader of the people,” which was a combination of “thiuda” meaning “folk” or “people” and “reiks” meaning “ruler,” “leader”or “king.” The German “Thiudoreiks” later became the Latin “Theodoricus” and the shortened version “Theodoric.” Theodoric the Great was King of the Ostrogoths in the 6th-century.

In the Middle Ages, the name was taken to England by Flemish cloth traders.


According to the 1990 United States Census, Derek ranked as the 163rd most popular male first name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boy's names seven decades since 1880, including every decade since 1940.

United States Popularity of the boy's name Derek in the 21st Century.

  • Year: 2006 Rank:159th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:173rd
  • Year: 2004 Rank:155th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:143rd
  • Year: 2002 Rank:134th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:128th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:114th


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  • "Derek Shepherd" is a fictional doctor, played by Patrick Dempsey, on the television show “Grey’s Anatomy.” He is nicknamed McDreamy.
  • "Derek Frye" is a fictional Police Chief on the soap opera “All My Children.”
  • "Derek Klivian" was a Rogue Squadron pilot in the Star Wars movies.
  • "Life with Derek" is a Canadian television show featuring the lead character Derek Venturi, played by Michael Seater.
  • "Derekh Hamelekh" is an Israeli song by Gili Netanel and Galit Burg-Michael.
  • "Derek Albion Smalls" is a fictional character in the spoof rockumentary This is Spinal Tap.
  • "Derek Thomas Reese" is a Resistance fighter sent to the past by the future John Connor. He is the older brother of Kyle Reese and biological uncle of John. (Terminator)


  • Derek Sanderson Jeter – Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who has been selected as an All Star eight times.
  • Sir Derek George Jacobi – Theatrical actor and director who was knighted for his services to his craft.
  • Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins) – Film actress and model.
  • Sir Derek Harold Richard Barton - Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry in 1969.
  • Derek Alton Walcott - Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1992.
  • Derek William Mario Marlowe – English playwright, screenwriter and novelist.
  • Derek K. Smart – Controversial developer who created the video games “Battlecruiser 3000AD” and “Universal Combat.” He is the President of 3000AD, Inc.
  • Derek Brockway – Weather forecaster for television’s “BBC Wales Today.”



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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about DerekRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 5  +
Meaning leader of the people, ruler of the people, gifted ruler  +
Meaningnc leader of the people, ruler of the people, gifted ruler  +
Name derek  +
Origin Old Germanic  +, and German  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation DARE-ik, DEH-rek, DER-ek, DARE-eck  +
Rank in 2000s 145  +
Related Darek  +, Darren  +, Darrick  +, Darriq  +, Dereck  +, Deric  +, Derick  +, Derik  +, Deriq  +, Derk  +, Derreck  +, Derrek  +, Derrick  +, Derrik  +, Derryck  +, Derryk  +, Deryck  +, Deryk  +, Deryke  +, Dick  +, Dirk  +, Dirke  +, Dyrk  +, Jerrick  +, Rick  +, and Tarek  +
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