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Derek (M)>

Derek (male)

Variants:Diederick (M) Dietrich (M) Dirk (M) Theodoric (M) Tjark (M)
Pet Name(s):Del (M)
Lesser Synonym(s):Terry (M)
Can be spelt:Dereck (M) Derick (M) Derrek (M) Derrick (M) Deryck (M) Deryke (M)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Notes: English, from Old Low German Theodoric, "people's ruler". Introduced into the UK possibly in the Middle Ages [ONC] or possibly in the 19th century [Whyte].