Derrick

First Name
142k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Derrick

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Der"rick
Senses
  1. A mast, spar, or tall frame, supported at the top by stays or guys, and usually pivoted at the base, with suitable tackle for hoisting heavy weights, such as stones in building.
  2. [Mining] The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep drill hole, such as that of an oil well (also called an oil derrick .

Etymology: Orig., a gallows, from a hangman named Derrick. The name is of Dutch origin; D. Diederik Dierryk, prop. meaning, chief of the people; cf. AS. peódric, E. Theodoric, G. Dietrich. See Dutch, and Rich

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  1. A simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom
  2. A framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered
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  1. A male given name, variant spelling of Derek.

Notable Persons Named Derrick

Derrick Rose is a basketball player for the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Derrick was born on October 4th, 1988 in Chicago.

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Derrick Williams is a basketball player for the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Sacramento Kings in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2011. Derrick was born on May 25th, 1991 in La Mirada, California.

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Derrick was born on February 7th, 1985 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

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Derrick Henry is a football player. Derrick was born on July 17th, 1994 in Yulee, Florida.

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Derrick Favors is a basketball player for the Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to present. Derrick was born on July 15th, 1991 in Atlanta.

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Derrick Thomas was a football player for the Kansas City Chiefs. Derrick was born on January 1st, 1967 in Miami. He died on February 8th, 2000.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Derrick

Robin was born in 1960.

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Thomas Currie Derrick is a military person. His military service ended in 1945.

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Chris was born on October 17th, 1990 in Naperville, IL.

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Butler Carson, Jr. Derrick was a Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Edgefield County and Member of theSouth Carolina House of RepresentativesfromEdgefield County. His career lasted from 1975 to 1995. Butler was born on September 30th, 1936 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Butler is also known as Butler Derrick. He breathed his last breath on May 5th, 2014.

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John was born in 1538.

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Christopher Derrick was a publisher's reader, review, and list of essayists. He was most active from 20 to 20. Christopher was born on June 12th, 1921 in Hungerford. He passed away on October 2nd, 2007.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1917 5 0 5
1918 6 0 6
1928 6 0 6
1929 6 0 6
1930 5 0 5
1931 5 0 5
1932 7 0 7
1933 5 0 5
1934 7 0 7
1936 6 0 6
1937 6 0 6
1938 16 0 16
1940 8 0 8
1941 16 0 16
1942 14 0 14
1943 31 0 31
1944 23 0 23
1945 21 0 21
1946 28 0 28
1947 46 0 46
1948 65 0 65
1949 83 0 83
1950 171 0 171
1951 220 0 220
1952 304 0 304
1953 356 0 356
1954 515 5 510
1955 656 0 656
1956 815 7 808
1957 950 6 944
1958 1,039 10 1,029
1959 1,189 8 1,181
1960 1,188 9 1,179
1961 1,509 12 1,497
1962 1,598 15 1,583
1963 1,966 19 1,947
1964 2,109 15 2,094
1965 2,432 12 2,420
1966 2,467 29 2,438
1967 2,529 25 2,504
1968 2,614 23 2,591
1969 2,973 31 2,942
1970 3,481 34 3,447 #96 boy name
1971 3,604 25 3,579 #84 boy name
1972 3,122 34 3,088 #91 boy name
1973 3,083 28 3,055 #87 boy name
1974 3,003 42 2,961 #87 boy name
1975 2,861 42 2,819 #90 boy name
1976 2,950 30 2,920 #91 boy name
1977 3,525 40 3,485 #80 boy name
1978 3,827 40 3,787 #76 boy name
1979 3,766 37 3,729 #80 boy name
1980 4,172 36 4,136 #74 boy name
1981 3,883 34 3,849 #78 boy name
1982 3,688 34 3,654 #78 boy name
1983 3,690 33 3,657 #78 boy name
1984 3,695 33 3,662 #79 boy name
1985 3,823 42 3,781 #83 boy name
1986 3,365 39 3,326 #87 boy name
1987 3,566 34 3,532 #86 boy name
1988 3,332 26 3,306 #96 boy name
1989 3,459 15 3,444 #99 boy name
1990 3,376 13 3,363
1991 3,104 9 3,095
1992 2,921 7 2,914
1993 2,719 18 2,701
1994 2,580 7 2,573
1995 2,197 9 2,188
1996 1,993 0 1,993
1997 1,783 0 1,783
1998 1,755 0 1,755
1999 1,618 5 1,613
2000 1,596 0 1,596
2001 1,455 0 1,455
2002 1,442 5 1,437
2003 1,384 7 1,377
2004 1,329 6 1,323
2005 1,379 7 1,372
2006 1,361 0 1,361
2007 1,294 0 1,294
2008 1,194 0 1,194
2009 1,115 0 1,115
2010 1,035 0 1,035
2011 1,096 0 1,096
2012 1,052 0 1,052
2013 974 0 974
2014 909 0 909
2015 830 0 830
2016 743 0 743

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Popularity of Derrick as a first name

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Popularity of Derrick as a last name

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Common last names for Derrick

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  • Miller
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Derrick U.S.
  White 78.48% 64.26%
  African American 16.59% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.51% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Derrick

People with the last name Derrick are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Derrick

  • How Popular is the name Derrick? Derrick is the 494th most popular name of all time. As a last name Derrick was the 3,779th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Derrick have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 142,144 babies born with the first name Derrick in the United States. That's more than enough people named Derrick to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Derrick? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1917 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Derrick first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Derrick is Wednesday, July 14th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Derrick born? The highest recorded use of the first name Derrick was in 1980 with a total of 4,136 babies. That's a lot of babies named Derrick!
  • Random Derrick Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Derrick ranks 85th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 39 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Derrick: Your name in reverse order is Kcirred. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eckdrir. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Derrick? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,365 people with the last name Derrick.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Derrick? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Derrick as their last name.

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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