Derek: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Derek

Derek

Pronunciation: DEH-rik (key)

Origin of the name Derek:

Derived from a short form of the obsolete Germanic Thiudoreiks, a compound name composed from the Old German elements thiuda (folk, people) and reiks (ruler, leader, king). The name was brought to England in the Middle Ages by Flemish cloth traders.

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Comments and insights on the name Derek: | Edit

Derek is a well-known, mildly popular name for a baby boy. Pronounced Dare-ick.

Personal experiences with the name Derek: | Edit

A good friend of mine is named Derek. The thing is, though, we never call him by that. We have ALWAYS, ever since we met him, called him by a personal nickname. He's a funny guy. He can be... odd at times, but he's a good chap. The name's pretty nice, too. :)

I am getting married next year to my fiance named Derek. I think that it is a wonderful name, I remember loving it even before we were dating (3years today:) ) And it has only grown on me more!
All of our nieces and nephews call him Uncle D. its really cute :)

Nicknames for Derek: | Edit

Der, Rick, Derry, Ricky, Rex, Der Bear.

Meanings and history of the name Derek: | Edit

Meanings of the name "Derek".

German:
Gifted ruler. From Theodoric.

American:
Gifted ruler. From Theodoric.

Teutonic:
Rules the people.

English:
Gifted ruler. People ruler.

Famous real-life people named Derek: | Edit

Hippie-Hop artist Mod Sun's real name is Derek.
Derek Jeter, American professional baseball player
The lastname of actors Bo Derek and her husband John Derek
Sir Derek Jacobi, English actor and film director.
Son of Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Derek Sanders, lead singer of the band Mayday Parade

Derek in song, story & screen: | Edit

Derek Hale - From MTV's Teen Wolf (Played by Tyler Hoechlin.)
Dr. Derek Shepherd - From ABC's Grey's Anatomy ( Played by Patrick Dempsey.)
Derek Zoolander - From Zoolander (Played by Ben Stiller.)
Derek Smalls - From Spinal Tap (Played by Harry Shearer.)
"Derek and the Dominos" 70's rock group. Fronted by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton.
Derek Reese, character in the TV series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," uncle to John Connor.
Derek Venturi from Life With Derek
"Derek", a song by Animal Collective
Derek Souza, character in the Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstron
Derek Morgan, character on Criminal Minds

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