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Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Great Ruler

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Derek

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Derek in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Derek:

  • Records indicate that 219,843 boys in the United States have been named Derek since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1989, when 8,366 people in the U.S. were given the name Derek. Those people are now 31 years old.

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    Comments about the name Derek

    93% Approval Rating
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      14 Positive Comments

  • "I spent a lot of time combing over baby names for my son. I wanted him named after me, but not with the exact same name. I love the fact that I go by Rick and chose his name to be the Gaelic spelling of Derek. We are American with Irish descent and I love our heritage. So, my son is named Darroch." Jan. 6, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Derek, it doesn't rhyme well so nobody can say stupid things like stop lyin ryan or something?. I find it some what rare running or meeting a stranger named Derek, but there were 3 others in my high school. I have found that when I see a Derek or Derrick on television or a movie they are usually "black". Most all the time people spell my name wrong, especially at Starbucks ;)" Aug. 16, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Derek. I know a few people named Derek, but the name Derek is popular." Dec. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Derek and it does "rawk". I rarley meet Dereks but i do know one from school." Feb. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Derek; it's derived from the Germanic name "Theodoric", which means "Ruler of the people"... 'nuff said. :)" Feb. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Derek and I want to name my son that, I think it sounds, princely almost, if you get my meaning. Sounds like a name for royalty." Oct. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Chea, derek is the best name ever its madd legit yo" Apr. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY SONS NAME IS DEREK AND WE CALL HIM D AND IT'S COOL" Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Derek, people mispell it as Derrik alot, or jus' call me Erik, but it's a nice name and I like it." Sep. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is derek, i ride a skateboard alot. im in class right now, bye" Apr. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name Derek! because there is only one person that i know with that name and that's cool!" Dec. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Derek is my name. Its quite amusing seeing how many ways its spelled when I visit different places like salons or when classmates spell it. Derik is probably the ugliest spelling while one classmate spelled it dyrek (I thought that was very unique). I meet quite a few dereks but hey its not bad being a "great ruler" or "ruler of the people"!" Dec. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a little cousin named Derek. We often call him "D" or "DJ". I like the name." Aug. 12, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Son's Name is Derek. He is four years old. I pick the name because I did not hear it very often. Now I am always meeting a mother that has a Derek in her family." Jul. 12, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Do not care for the name at all.....just go w Eric, forget the D!" Aug. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

      11 Neutral Comments

  • "Derek is my son's name. I only like it spelled D E R E K. Any other way I do not think it is pronounced the same way. He loves it so that of course makes me happy. Not too popular but not unusual." Aug. 11, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name Derek I have a big Johnson and I am the best at everything enough said" Feb. 10, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Derek is hands-down the sexiest boy name ever. I have always liked it, and when I met my bf and he said his name was Derek, I almost died! Derek rocks!" Aug. 24, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "While in the U.S. this name didn't become popular till the Eighties and Nineties (with white parents using it most, while blacks preferred Derrick), it was popular earlier on the British side of the Atlantic. To some Americans, this name sounds like some evil, fortysomething/fiftysomething Englishman as the main villain in a Hollywood film, which often casts English actors as bad guys" Sep. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Derek. My mom named me after John Derek (Bo Derek's husband)because she thought he was handsome. I love my name. Family and friends have called me DT, D-Train, or D-money. In grade school, there were no bad nicknames people could rhyme my name with so they would maybe call me 'oil derek', but that never bothered me." Feb. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "the name derek probably sounds all 'royal' because of the movie swan princess :L" Apr. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sounds like an all-American boy who goes to High School in, say, Los Angeles in California. The name only became popular in the United States in the Eighties, when Eric was also popular. It was virtually unknown, however, in the days of the nowadays pinochle-playing Murrays and Miltons and was still pretty rare in the Forties and Fifties when most young boys in the United States went by Glenn or Gary. White Americans seemed to have used the 'Derek' spelling more than Black Americans who preferred the spelling Derrick. It's like when the female name Dolores or Delores was popular in the Thirties, with the whites using the first spelling and the blacks using the second." Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Derek, and it is spelled the RIGHT way. In Hebrew it means "way", as in "ha derek" THE way. So like the last person said, it effin rawks." Jan. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My fiances name is Derek. I love it! I would love to name my son Derek, but I can't do the whole Jr. thing, I would get confused" Feb. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, but it's my husband's name so I'm a little biased. But really I like names that begin with "D" for boys, and this is one of those names that is not unusual but also not overused." Dec. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Derek is my sons name - he is very sporty and handsome" Oct. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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