Pronunciation:DER ick

Variations:Dereck, Derick, Derik, Derrek

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About Derek

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Derek is a great choice for parents looking for something very masculine and strong sounding for their baby boy.

Detailed Meaning

Derek derives from the Germanic name Theoderic which means ‘ruler of people.’ The name arrived on British shores in the 1400s and gained traction in the 19th century.

Famous People With This Name

Derek Jacobi is an English actor known for his roles in “The King’s Speech,” “Cinderella” and “Gladiator.” Derek Jeter is an American baseball player who plays for the New York Yankees. Derek Daly is an Irish racing driver.

Possible Nicknames

Possible nicknames for Derek include: Del, Der and De.

Related Names

Alternative spellings include Dereck, Derick, Derik and Derrek.

Stories Featuring This Name

Derek Noakes is the main character from the British television series “Derek,” played by Ricky Gervais. Derek Shepherd is a fictional from the popular medical drama, “Grey’s Anatomy,” played by Patrick Dempsey. Derek Arden is a character from Japanese Manga series, “Black Butler.”

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