Derek

Derek - A very unique male name



  Jul 21,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Derek, meaning the people's ruler, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1936 on position #1200. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Derek and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Derek? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Derek. The baby boy name Derek was given to 2,087 baby boys in 2012, ranking #182 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 786 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Derek peaked in popularity 39 years ago in 1980 on position 50.



Famous with this name

Bo Derek
Derek Kolstad
Derek Mears


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Derek is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Derek is currently topping the baby name charts in New Jersey at position #92 - and is the least popular in Mississippi at position #562.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Derek is where you live.


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Derek origin and meaning

Derek is a 5 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means the people's ruler. To see famous people named Derek, pop culture references for the name Derek and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Derek

We've found the following names that sound similar to Derek, sorted by popularity.

Derrick / Darius / Drake / Derick / Dirk / Darrius / Darrick / Dereck / Dedrick / Derik /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012182
2011182
2010170
2009170
2008158
2007142
2006159
2005172
2004156
2003148
2002138
2001132
2000121
1999113
1998110
1997106
1996100
199583
199477
199367
199262
199159
199054
198954
198853
198754
198657
198556
198452
198351
198250
198153
198050
197972
197875
197782
197684
197583
197474
197369
197267
197163
197077
1969108
1968122
1967123
1966141
1965167
1964172
1963178
1962187
1961204
1960248
1959254
1958255
1957285
1956301
1955336
1954356
1953380
1952369
1951413
1950487
1949647
1948859
1947971
19461069
19451451
19441073
1943783
1942987
19401222
19391045
19361200

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
New Jersey92
Connecticut94
New York105
Wyoming122
California148
Texas150
Pennsylvania172
Florida173
Arizona174
Virginia176
New Hampshire176
New Mexico182
Kansas184
Massachusetts184
Nevada190
South Dakota197
Maine202
Alaska204
Colorado204
Michigan206
Maryland210
Illinois211
Kentucky211
Minnesota218
Hawaii224
Indiana228
Ohio228
Washington232
Utah239
North Dakota241
Tennessee245
West Virginia249
District of Columbia251
Iowa251
Nebraska252
Wisconsin272
Montana275
North Carolina282
Oklahoma284
South Carolina289
Georgia300
Oregon307
Alabama317
Louisiana320
Missouri344
Arkansas368
Mississippi562

Even more about Derek


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Derek a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Derek?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1980
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Derek
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 786
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1936
2012 births +2,087

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