Name Derek - meaning, origin, popularity 

Derek name meaning

Gender: Unisex, both Boy and Girl
Origin: Old High German and Gothic
Usage: English, Dutch, German, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian
Pronunciation: pronunciation of Derek d(e)-rek
Meaning: People and King and First of the People
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What does Derek mean?

Meaning of Derek is King of Nations or First of the People used for both genders which originated from Gothic and Old High German is chiefly used in Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, German, English and Danish.. Derek is form of Derrick in German language. The name is celebrated on July 9.

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How do I pronounce Derek?

You can pronounce the two syllabled name Derek as d(e)-rek.

Variants of Derek

Darick, Ricky, Richart, Richeard, Rieke, Aric, Roderick, Theodoric, Ulrich, Rick, Dieter, Diether, Dietrich, Didier, Tiede, Derrick, Diederik, Derick

Nicknames for Derek

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How popular is the name Derek?

Derek was among the very popular names in United States. Since emerging in 1924 around 231713 babies have been given the first name. When at its peak in 1980, it ranked 50th when 8363 parents chose the moniker for their baby boys. However after 137 years, the name is on free fall on the charts but still performing better than most of the names. Moreover, the moniker has been to the top 50 baby names 2 times

Derek is a common name in Ireland given to over 8082 babies in 55 years. Currently the moniker is on a rise, in 1972, it ranked 22nd when 355 parents chose the moniker for their baby boys. Derek is a unique baby name in England and Wales, it has been in use since 1996 and was able to reach the top 500 names. In 1996, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 464 on boy names chart when 40 babies were named Derek. Over 453 people have been named Derek in England and Wales. Also, in Queensland, the name had been in use for 12 years beginning from 1964 and had secured the place in top 100 names. In 1968, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 81 on boy names chart when 48 babies were named Derek. There are over 477 babies that have been given the name Derek in Queensland.

Derek is an uncommon baby name in France, even after 45 years of presence it could not make beyond the top 1000. There are over 425 babies that have been given the name Derek in France. It also recently appeared in Belgium baby boy names chart. However things change on global perspective, Derek is extremely popular in England where every 1 in 500 have the name. Also the baby name is popular in Canada, Scotland, South Africa, Australia, Ghana, Wales and New Zealand. At least, 460000 people globally have been given the name as per our findings.

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Numerological aspects of Derek

You are born for so much more than you think. You are deeply related to the 5 senses. You watch your mouth and think twice before you say something. People always look for comfort in your world. Your friends are like addicted to you, but your family isn't very happy with how you live your life cause you are restless. Pressure forces you to get things done fast and you like it. You always compete with yourself.

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