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Derek, Derrek, Derick, Derrick, Licrick
Word/nameshort form of Diederik
Meaningsee Theodoric
Other names
Related namesDiederik, Dierk, Dieter, Dietrich, Dirk, Terry, Theodoric, Thierry, Tudor, Tudur

Derek is a male name. It is the English language short form of Diederik, the Low Franconian form of the name Theodoric. Theodoric is an old Germanic name with an original meaning of "people-ruler".

Common variants of the name are Derrek, Derick, Derrick and Deric. Dutch language short forms of Diederik are Dik, Dirck, and Dirk.


The English form of the name arises in the 15th century, via import from the Low Countries. The native English (Anglo-Saxon) form of the name was Deoric or Deodric, from Old English Þ?odr?c, but this name had fallen out of use in the medieval period. During the Late Middle Ages, there was intense contact between the territories adjacent to the North Sea, in particular due to the activities of the Hanseatic League. As a result, there was a lot of cross-pollination between Low German, Dutch, English, Danish and Norwegian. The given name Derk is found in records of the Low Countries from the early 14th century, and in the spelling Derck becomes rather common in name lists compiled in the Habsburg Netherlands during the early 16th century.[1] An early bearer of the name Derek was lord of Keppel, Gelderland, in the early 14th century. A Derek van Keppel, lord of Verwoelde, died in 1495 and was succeeded by his eldest son, also called Derek van Keppel. A later Derek van Keppel died in 1646, succeeded by Asewolt van Keppel, the father of Arnold van Keppel, who in 1688 was created Earl of Albemarle in the Peerage of England.[2]

Given name

Arts and entertainment




Science, education and academics

  • Derek Abbott (born 1960), physicist and electronic engineer
  • Derek Barton (1918-1998), British physical chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate
  • Derek Bickerton (born 1926), linguist and academic
  • Derek Birley (1926-2002), academic and educator
  • Derek Blake, academic and research scientist
  • Derek Bok (born 1930), American lawyer and educator
  • Derek Briggs (born c. 1945), Irish paleontologist
  • Derek Denny-Brown (1901-1981), British neurologist
  • Derek Hirst (born 1948), English historian of early-modern Britain
  • Derek Hockridge, British translator, lecturer and expert in French society and culture
  • Derek Hopwood, British academic and author
  • Derek Long (born 1925), former professor of structural chemistry at the University of Bradford, working in the field of Raman spectroscopy
  • Derek McCormack, New Zealand biochemist and academic
  • Derek Morley (1920-1969) independent science consultant and journalist noted for study of ants
  • Derek Parfit (born 1942), British philosopher and academic
  • Derek Price (1922-1983), information scientist and science historian
  • Derek Ratcliffe (1929-2005), British nature conservationist
  • Derek Roe, British paleolithic archeologist and academic
  • Derek Summerfield controversial psychiatrist and writer
  • Derek Taunt (1917-2004), British mathematician and codebreaker
  • Derek van der Kooy (born c. 1955), scientist and academic working in stem cell research



Spelling variants




see also Special:Prefixindex/Derick


Use as a surname

Unlike the forms Dietrich and Dieter, Derek has not traditionally been used as a surname. It was however, used as a pseudonym (and adopted as legal surname in 1947) by American actor John Derek (1926-1998), who was born Derek Delevan Harris, and was borne by his fourth wife Bo Derek.

Fictional characters


Since 1940, the name Derek was most popular in the 1980s in the United States.

Popularity of Derek" since 1940
RANKS 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2010s 170 181 182
2000s 121 132 139 149 156 172 159 142 159 168
1990s 54 59 62 67 77 83 101 106 110 114
1980s 50 53 50 51 52 56 57 54 53 54
1970s 77 63 67 69 74 83 84 82 75 72
1960s 247 205 187 177 172 166 141 123 122 109
1950s 470 407 363 378 362 331 300 283 256 254
1940s 714 953 ^ 956 891 862 641

Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth.
^ Rank > 1000
Source: Social Security Administration.[3]


See also


  1. ^ see Gerhard Dumbar, Het kerkelyk en wereltlyk Deventer (1752) for an edition of name lists of Deventer. See also Ubbo Emmius, De agro Frisiae inter Amasum et Lavicom Syntagma (1646) for an edition of late medieval name lists from Frisia.
  2. ^ Arthur Collins, The peerage of England (1779)
  3. ^ "Popular Baby Names". Social Security Administration.

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