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Quick Facts on Derrick

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • German, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 331
Simple meaning:
People of power, rulers

Characteristics of Derrick

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Derrick

Derrick is a spelling variation of 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 this personal male 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 Derrick

The name Derrick mimics the same pattern on the U.S. popularity charts as his more popular twin brother, Derek. While Derek debuted on the charts in 1943, Derrick was quick to follow in 1948. Both variations of this name became rapidly popular in America and were Top 100 favorites by 1970. Derrick has been the more popular spelling among African-Americans and the name has seen quite a bit of success in states where blacks constitute a high percentage of the population (Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama). It seems that now we’ve entered the 21st century, both Derek and Derrick are showing signs of wear. Neither name is as popular as it was in the 1980s and 1990s, but it remains a classic German choice – both strong and powerful.
Popularity of the Boy Name Derrick
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Derrick

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Derrick

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Derrick

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

  • Popular Songs on Derrick

    Popular Songs on Derrick

    Derrick - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Derrick.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Derrick

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Derrick

    Derrick Loves Raindrops (Lance Knowles) - Derrick is a boy who loves raindrops. He plays catch, swings and drives his car in the rain. Even his dog loves raindrops. Raindrops are Derrick's THING! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Derrick Rose: Basketball Heroes Making a Difference (Michael Sandler) - A look at Derrick Martell Rose, born October 4, 1988, the NBA’s youngest MVP. Derrick is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Music in Derrick's Heart (Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert) - Uncle Booker T. has promised to teach Derrick to play the harmonica, and the boy spends the summer practicing with the dapper old man, who insists that Derrick "slow down" to let the music come from his heart. The child doesn't really understand what that means, but he listens as the accomplished musician plays hymns to soothe Big Mama, snappy jazz to get Aunt Agnes's feet a-tappin', and a sharp march to help the neighborhood boys keep the beat of their rhythm band. One day, when Uncle Booker T. can't play because of his arthritis, Derrick summons up all that he has learned and he takes the time to allow the "sweet, sweet music" to pour forth from the old harmonica. This tale of an intergenerational friendship is an appealing look at the sense of community the music fosters throughout this black neighborhood. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Derrick

    Famous People Named Derrick

    Famous People Named Derrick - Derrick Rose (basketball player); Derrick Williams (basketball player); Derrick Adkins (Track and Field Olympian); Derrick Caracter (basketball player); Derrick Gardner (jazz musician); Derrick Morgan (reggae and ska musician); Derrick Turnbow (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Derrick

    Children of Famous People Named Derrick

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

  • Historic Figures

    Derrick - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Derrick

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Derrick

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