|Related Names:||Dereck, Derek, Derk, Dir, Dirck|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Although Dirk is also a derivative of the Flemish and Dutch form of the name Derek, it also has etymological roots in the Scottish word dirk (from the Gaelic durc) for dagger. Its periodic yet ongoing popularity seems more closely tied to high-profile figures over the last century than to any direct historical track to family or surnames. 
Other etymological roots for Dirk include a version of the name Theodoric that equates to “God’s gift,” a French/Flemish version of “ruler for the people,” and as a deviation on the Scottish dagger version with “rules by the spear.” 
According to the Social Security Administration, Dirk is not in the top 1000 names for any year of birth in the last 19 years. However, Dirk has had its run of popularity over the past century. It last fell within the top 1000 names in the United States in 1989, where it placed 985th. During the 1950s and 1960s however, it hovered respectably in the 400s and reached its height in popularity in 1954 at 341st. Some believe the increase in popularity in the 1960s was due to actor Dirk Bogarde (Sir Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde) (b. 1921). Although he was an actor of Dutch decent, he was born in Scotland. Coincidentally, Dirk has Dutch roots (from Derek) but its Scottish roots are most closely tied to the name Dirk in spelling and phonetically (durc = dagger). 
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Author: Mike Szimanski
|Pronunciation||derk, durk +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Dereck +, Derek +, Derk +, Dir +, and Dirck +|