Meaning: Ruler of the people
Alternate spellings: Derik, Derrick, Dereck, Deric, Derick
Derek is a Dutch name with Germanic origins and a regal definition – “ruler of the people,” or as Kindergarten Derek will see it: “ruler of the playground twisty slide.” The name came to England in the Middle Ages, when it was typically spelled Derrick and used as a surname. Both Derek and Derrick entered the U.S. charts for the first time in the 1940s. The name was at its most popular between the 1970s and 1990s, with Derek trumping Derrick. Derrick is a creative way to get to the nickname Ricky if you aren’t thrilled with Richard.
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