Derek

First Name
230k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
218
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Derek mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Derek

"Derek" is a name of English origin, and it means "People ruler". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Borrowed in the Middle Ages from a Low German variant of Theodoric, Germanic þeud "people" + ric "ruler", and revived in the nineteenth century.

  1. A male given name.

Notable Persons Named Derek

Derek Jeter is a baseball player. Derek was born on June 26th, 1974 in Pequannock Township, New Jersey.

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Derek Hough is a dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter, actor, and choreography. He was most prominent from 2007 to present. Derek was born on May 17th, 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

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Derek Fisher is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association. He was most active from 1996 to 2014. Derek was born on August 9th, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Derek Shepherd is an attending neurosurgeon, board member at grey sloan memorial hospital, and attending physician.

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Derek Trucks is a blues rock, southern rock, jam band, world music, and jazz fusion musician. He plays Guitar, sarod, and Gibson SG. He holds the title Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad". He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Derek was born on June 8th, 1979 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.

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Derek Jacobi is an actor/director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1961 to present. Derek was given the name Derek George Jacobi on October 22nd, 1938 in Leytonstone, London, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Derek

Bo Derek is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1977. Bo was given the name Mary Cathleen Collins on November 20th, 1956 in Long Beach, California, U.S. Bo is also known as Kathleen Collins.

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John Derek was an actor, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, producer, and film director. He was most prominent from 1943 to 1990. John was given the name Derek Delevan Harris by his parent Lawson Harris on August 12th, 1926 in Hollywood, California, US. He left this life on May 22nd, 1998.

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DJ Derek is a rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall, and soul music musician. His career lasted from 1977 to 2013. DJ was given the name Derek Serpell-Morris on December 18th, 1941 in Bristol, England.

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How popular is the baby name Derek in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1924 6 0 6
1929 6 0 6
1930 13 0 13
1931 16 0 16
1932 12 0 12
1933 11 0 11
1934 10 0 10
1935 11 0 11
1936 30 0 30
1937 9 0 9
1938 20 0 20
1939 23 0 23
1940 31 0 31
1941 18 0 18
1942 32 0 32
1943 81 0 81
1944 46 0 46
1945 40 0 40
1946 49 0 49
1947 61 0 61
1948 63 0 63
1949 114 0 114
1950 202 0 202
1951 278 0 278
1952 345 0 345
1953 336 0 336
1954 395 0 395
1955 501 0 501
1956 620 5 615
1957 678 0 678
1958 914 0 914
1959 991 7 984
1960 1,047 0 1,047
1961 1,404 0 1,404
1962 1,608 7 1,601
1963 1,645 8 1,637
1964 1,594 6 1,588
1965 1,811 8 1,803
1966 2,116 6 2,110
1967 2,458 9 2,449
1968 2,475 12 2,463
1969 2,942 12 2,930
1970 4,164 15 4,149 #77 boy name
1971 4,703 26 4,677 #63 boy name
1972 4,161 17 4,144 #67 boy name
1973 3,952 20 3,932 #69 boy name
1974 3,658 21 3,637 #74 boy name
1975 3,201 15 3,186 #83 boy name
1976 3,189 19 3,170 #84 boy name
1977 3,473 23 3,450 #82 boy name
1978 3,825 21 3,804 #75 boy name
1979 4,230 26 4,204 #72 boy name
1980 7,303 55 7,248 #50 boy name
1981 6,520 42 6,478 #53 boy name
1982 7,033 44 6,989 #50 boy name
1983 7,034 51 6,983 #51 boy name
1984 7,013 41 6,972 #52 boy name
1985 6,700 41 6,659 #56 boy name
1986 6,935 35 6,900 #57 boy name
1987 8,304 57 8,247 #54 boy name
1988 8,125 55 8,070 #53 boy name
1989 8,399 37 8,362 #54 boy name
1990 8,093 18 8,075 #54 boy name
1991 6,911 18 6,893 #59 boy name
1992 6,309 17 6,292 #62 boy name
1993 5,767 11 5,756 #67 boy name
1994 5,097 15 5,082 #77 boy name
1995 4,465 13 4,452 #83 boy name
1996 3,931 11 3,920
1997 3,679 9 3,670
1998 3,420 10 3,410
1999 3,188 0 3,188
2000 3,220 8 3,212
2001 3,014 6 3,008
2002 2,786 0 2,786
2003 2,760 7 2,753
2004 2,548 5 2,543
2005 2,428 10 2,418
2006 2,647 0 2,647
2007 2,853 0 2,853
2008 2,487 0 2,487
2009 2,302 0 2,302
2010 2,299 6 2,293
2011 2,144 5 2,139
2012 2,114 0 2,114
2013 1,874 0 1,874
2014 1,878 0 1,878
2015 1,877 0 1,877
2016 1,709 0 1,709
2017 1,540 0 1,540

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Popularity of Derek as a first name

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Popularity of Derek as a last name

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Common last names for Derek

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Martin
  • Anderson
  • Scott
  • Allen
  • Jackson
  • Robinson
  • King
  • Cook

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Derek U.S.
  White 81.65% 64.26%
  African American 6.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Derek

People with the last name Derek are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Derek

  • What name lists does Derek rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Derek? Derek is the 326th most popular name of all time. As a last name Derek was the 85,659th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Derek have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 230,324 babies born with the first name Derek in the United States. That's more than enough people named Derek to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Derek? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1924 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Derek first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Derek is Monday, April 2nd, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Derek born? The highest recorded use of the first name Derek was in 1989 with a total of 8,362 babies. That's a lot of babies named Derek!
  • Random Derek Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Derek ranks 97th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 100 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Derek: Your name in reverse order is Kered. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kerde. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Derek? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 218 people with the last name Derek.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Derek? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Derek as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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