Derek - boys name

Derek name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 72%

Derek name meaning:

The name Derek is of English origin and has several meanings. One interpretation is that it is derived from the Old English name Dederick, which means "ruler of the people" or "the people's ruler." This suggests a strong leadership quality and a sense of authority. Another meaning of Derek is "gifted ruler" or "ruler with power," emphasizing qualities of skill, talent, and competence in taking charge.

Individuals named Derek are often seen as confident and ambitious. They possess natural leadership abilities and are well-equipped to handle positions of authority or responsibility. They are determined and hardworking, striving for success in all aspects of their lives. With their charismatic personalities and strong presence, Dereks have the ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals. They are also known for their sense of fairness and justice, making them trustworthy individuals. Overall, the name Derek represents a person who is a born leader, gifted with the ability to guide and influence others towards greatness.

Origin: German


Related names

Derek , Der, Dereck, Dereka, Derex, Dericka, Derreck, Derrica, Derrick , Dirk, Ricky

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Overall UK ranking: 1329 out of 4789

19 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (720)

Historical popularity of Derek

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