D names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Derek

Derek is a contracted form of Dedericka Low German form of Theodoric, a Germanic name meaning “ruler of the people” composed from Proto-Germanic elements *þeudō (people, nation) and *rīks (king, ruler) both of which derive from Proto-Indo-European.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Dederick (English)
  • Derrick (English)
  • Deryck (English)
  • Derick (English)
  • Derric (English)
  • Deric (English)
  • Diederich (German)
  • Theodoric (Latinized form of Dietrich)
  • Theodoricus (Ancient Germanic Latinized)
  • Diederik (Dutch)
  • Theoderich (Ancient Germanic)
  • Thierry (French)
  • Dirk (Dutch, German, English)
  • Teutorigos (Ancient Celtic)
  • Tudor (Welsh)
  • Tudur (Welsh)
  • Dietrich (German)

 

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