Dieter Name Meaning & Origin

Dieter

Pronunciation: DEE-ter (key)

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An Old German name meaning "army of the people".

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Dieter Rams (b. 1932). Rams is a German industrial designer known for a design philosophy captured by the phrase "Less, but Better." As design director for Braun, Rams created a range of appliances found in the collections of various museums (e.g. MoMA in New York, The Design Museum in London and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt). He is also seen as the principal influence behind Jonathan Ive's work for Apple.

Dieter Brock (b. 1951). A Canadian Football League quarterback, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, was and still is seen as one of the most celebrated players of the sport in that country.

Dieter Bohlen (b. 1954). A German pop music star.

Dieter Dengler (b. 1938, d. 2001). A US Navy pilot during the Vietnam war and the subject of the film "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" (1997) by Werner Herzog.

Dieter Appelt (b. 1935). A German photographer, film and video maker and performance artist known for the use of sculptures in his works.

Dieter Roth (b. 1930, d.1998). A Swiss-German artist working often with the book form as a principal expression of his ideas. Roth was known to use several versions and spellings of his last name. Often seen as affiliated with Fluxus, Roth would later distance himself from this group despite his friendship with many of its members. Additional information can be found here: http://dieter-roth-academy.de/index.html.

Dieter Janssen (b. 1972). A German-Canadian architect, photographer, graphic and furniture designer.

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Dieter, was made somewhat notorious by Michael Myers as an eccentric German character on Saturday Night Live. "Dieter" was the star of an art show called "Sprockets" in which he would interview guests and invite them to "touch his monkey" - a pet he kept because of its texture.

"Dieter von Cunth", a villain character in the movie "MacGruber" (2010), was played by Val Kilmer.

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