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Quick Facts on Derek

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Dutch, German, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 205
Simple meaning:
People of power, rulers

Characteristics of Derek

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Derek

The name Derek came to England in the Middle Ages by way of the Flemish weavers who immigrated in large numbers to England from Flanders (modern day Belgium) starting in the 14th century. They were invited and encouraged to settle in England by King Edward III in an effort to develop the English weaving industry. Not only did they bring their spinning wheels, they also brought the name Derek. Derek was developed from the Old Germanic name Theodoric which is derived from the words “þeud” meaning ‘people, race’ and “rīc” meaning ‘power, ruler.’ Even through the name had been around in England for several centuries, its popularity among English-speaking people did not take off until the middle of the 20th century.

Popularity of the Name Derek

Derek debuted on the U.S. popularity charts in 1943 and immediately began advancing up the list of most used boy names in America. In 1970, Derek achieved a Top 100 position which it sustained for 25 straight years before falling off in 1996. The height of the name’s popularity came during the 1980s when Derek danced around position #50 on the charts. Today, Derek is waning in popularity across America. However, the name is still a Top 100 pick in the state of New York where they honor their beloved Yankee Derek Jeter (who, by the way, has German ancestry through his mother). Derek is unquestionably a strong and masculine name – it’s got more of that “no-nonsense” German quality rather than the flowery French sounding names or the poetic Spanish ones. Derek is a name that means business just like the ‘powerful rulers’ they etymologically represent.
Popularity of the Boy Name Derek
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Derek

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Derek

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Derek

    Derek We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Derek.

  • Popular Songs on Derek

    Popular Songs on Derek

    Derek - a song by Guttermouth

    This Feeling (Derek's Theme) - a song by Of Montreal

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Derek

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Derek

    Casey and Derek on the Ice (Marty Sederman) - After Casey wins the face off, it's up to Derek to make the tying goal. Can he do it? The fans are on their feet as he speeds down the ice. He cuts inside, splitting the defense. He's about to shoot. Then CRASH! Here is a hockey yarn sure to bring readers to their feet cheering for the underdogs. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Derek Jeter: Amazing Athletes (Sandy Donovan) - Derek Jeter dreamed of playing for the New York Yankees for as long as he could remember. When the team made Derek the sixth pick in the 1992 draft, his dream became a reality. With the Yankees winning the World Series in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009, Derek has become a fan favorite and one of baseball's most respected players. When he passed Lou Gehrig to become the Yankees' all-time leader in hits in 2009, Derek proved that he was a Yankees legend and one of the game's greatest players. Follow Derek's amazing journey to the top of the baseball world. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    On the Field with Derek Jeter (Matt Christopher) - The number one sports writer for kids discusses the personal life and baseball career of Derek Jeter, the young man from Michigan who achieved his dream to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. Includes career highlights and player's stats. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Derek

    Famous People Named Derek

    Famous People Named Derek - Derek Jeter (baseball player); Derek Fisher (basketball player); Derek H.R. Barton (Nobel Prize Winner, chemistry); Derek Walcott (Nobel Prize Winner, literature)

  • Children of Famous People Named Derek

    Children of Famous People Named Derek

    Famous People who Named their Son Derek - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Derek.

  • Historic Figures

    Derek - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Derek - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Derek.

Personality of the Boy Name Derek

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Derek

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