Derek: baby boy name meaning and popularity

Derek

Derived from the English name Dederick, which came from a Germanic name meaning “ruler of the people.” When you have a little Derek in the house, you may as well change that to “ruler of the parents.”

Nicknames:

Derek can’t be shortened unless you just wanna go with Dere.

Famous people named Derek:

Dancer Derek Hough; baseball players Derek Lowe and Derek Jeter; NFL players Derek Hardman, Derek Hagan, Derek Newton, Derek Landri, and Derek Cox; chemist Derek Barton.

Fun facts:

Derek is an Emmy-nominated British TV series written and directed by, and starring, Ricky Gervais.

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