Dirk

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11k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
548
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Dirk

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  • A user from New York, United States says the name Dirk is of Dutch origin and means "Ruler of People".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dirk
A kind of dagger or poniard; -- formerly much used by the Scottish Highlander.

Etymology: Ir. duirc

verb Dirk
To stab with a dirk.
adjective Dirk
Dark.

Etymology: See Dark (a.)

verb Dirk
To darken.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A relatively long dagger with a straight blade
Wiktionary
  1. A male given name of German and Dutch origin, cognate to Derek.

Dirk was also found in the following language(s): Dutch and German

Notable Persons Named Dirk

Dirk Nowitzki is a basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks and DJK Würzburg in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 1994. Dirk was born on June 19th, 1978 in Würzburg.

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Dirk Benedict is a film, television actor, television, and televisionactor. Dirk was given the name Dirk Niewoehner on March 1st, 1945 in Helena, Montana, United States.

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Sir Dirk Bogarde was an actor and novelist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1939 to 1990. Dirk was given the name Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde on March 28th, 1921 in West Hampstead, London, England. He passed away on May 8th, 1999.

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Dirk Kuyt is a soccer player for the Feyenoord, Quick Boys, FC Utrecht, Liverpool F.C., Fenerbahçe S.K. (football), and Netherlands national football team. Dirk was born on July 22nd, 1980 in Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

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Dirk Blocker is a television, film, actor, and filmactor. He was most prominent from 1974 to 1974. Dirk was given the name Dennis Dirk Blocker on July 31st, 1957 in Hollywood, California, U.S.

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Dirk Koetter is an american football player. Dirk was born on February 5th, 1959 in Pocatello, Idaho.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dirk

Viscount Frimout Dirk is an astrophysics.

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Robert Dirk is a hockey player. He was most active from 1986 to 1997. Robert was born on August 20th, 1966 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1918 6 0 6
1921 6 0 6
1923 5 0 5
1924 7 0 7
1925 12 0 12
1926 12 0 12
1927 5 0 5
1928 9 0 9
1929 15 0 15
1930 13 0 13
1931 17 0 17
1932 23 0 23
1933 18 0 18
1934 15 0 15
1935 19 0 19
1936 16 0 16
1937 20 0 20
1938 19 0 19
1939 28 0 28
1940 20 0 20
1941 8 0 8
1942 31 0 31
1943 32 0 32
1944 32 0 32
1945 33 0 33
1946 36 0 36
1947 52 0 52
1948 47 0 47
1949 78 0 78
1950 95 0 95
1951 101 0 101
1952 109 0 109
1953 149 0 149
1954 436 0 436
1955 379 0 379
1956 366 0 366
1957 368 0 368
1958 314 0 314
1959 371 0 371
1960 364 0 364
1961 378 0 378
1962 312 0 312
1963 336 0 336
1964 333 0 333
1965 300 0 300
1966 296 0 296
1967 313 0 313
1968 330 0 330
1969 344 0 344
1970 342 0 342
1971 276 0 276
1972 164 0 164
1973 161 0 161
1974 181 0 181
1975 159 0 159
1976 122 0 122
1977 115 0 115
1978 101 0 101
1979 176 0 176
1980 148 0 148
1981 121 0 121
1982 97 0 97
1983 128 0 128
1984 122 0 122
1985 112 0 112
1986 106 0 106
1987 100 0 100
1988 115 0 115
1989 107 0 107
1990 82 0 82
1991 76 0 76
1992 67 0 67
1993 67 0 67
1994 57 0 57
1995 49 0 49
1996 59 0 59
1997 32 0 32
1998 45 0 45
1999 46 0 46
2000 44 0 44
2001 33 0 33
2002 25 0 25
2003 47 0 47
2004 27 0 27
2005 50 0 50
2006 46 0 46
2007 43 0 43
2008 42 0 42
2009 38 0 38
2010 27 0 27
2011 40 0 40
2012 27 0 27
2013 26 0 26
2014 27 0 27
2015 25 0 25
2016 24 0 24
2017 34 0 34

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Popularity of Dirk as a first name

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Popularity of Dirk as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dirk U.S.
  White 91.42% 64.26%
  African American 2.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.19% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.19% 16.26%

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People with the last name Dirk are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Dirk

  • How Popular is the name Dirk? Dirk is the 2,378th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dirk was the 40,016th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dirk have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10,786 babies born with the first name Dirk in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dirk to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dirk? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Dirk first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dirk is Thursday, May 4th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Dirk born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dirk was in 1954 with a total of 436 babies.
  • Random Dirk Factoid: According to the 1965 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dirk is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1965.
  • Weird things about the name Dirk: Your name in reverse order is Krid. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rikd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dirk? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 548 people with the last name Dirk.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dirk? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dirk as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.