Origin:German
Popularity:609
Meaning:power of the tribe
It’s probably safe to say that New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter has had something to do with the continued popularity of this name. Derek, from the Old German name Theodoric and meaning “power of the tribe,” was imported to England by immigrant Flemish weavers during the Middle Ages. An alternate spelling is Derrick. Other celebrities who’ve hit a home run with this headstrong, no-nonsense name include Derek Hough of “Dancing With the Stars” and former New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

Famous Dereks

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Derek Brandon
    Actor
  • Derek Carr
    Football Player
  • Derek Fisher
    Basketball Player
  • Derek Jeter
    Baseball Player

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Source: Social Security Administration

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