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Derek Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Derek?

In 2017 the somewhat popular name Derek, ranked the 239th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 250 most popular, Derek has been less popular than the top 1000 in the past.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #50 for the first time in 1980 and as recently as 1982.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1989 with 8,362 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Derek was less than 5, most recently in 1928.

Derek, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1937-1943, 1946-1971, and 1984-1987, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1990-2004, 2006-2009, 2010-2013, and 2014-2016.

Derek's popularity has steadily decreased for some time. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Derek for their newborn has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Derek?

Derek's popularity is at a very low point when measured against its most notable year.

The name Derek is favored by many parents but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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   Derek (Girl)Derek (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 < 5 -- 1,540 239
2016 < 5 -- 1,709 226
2015 < 5 -- 1,877 211
2014 < 5 -- 1,878 205
2013 < 5 -- 1,874 205
2012 < 5 -- 2,114 182
2011 5 17,460 2,139 181
2010 6 15,456 2,293 170
2009 < 5 -- 2,302 169
2008 < 5 -- 2,487 159
2007 < 5 -- 2,853 142
2006 < 5 -- 2,647 159
2005 10 10,329 2,418 172
2004 5 16,797 2,543 156
2003 7 12,753 2,753 149
2002 < 5 -- 2,786 139
2001 6 13,987 3,008 132
2000 8 10,999 3,212 121
1999 < 5 -- 3,188 114
1998 10 8,763 3,410 110
1997 9 9,226 3,670 106
1996 11 7,728 3,920 101
1995 13 6,745 4,452 83
1994 15 6,068 5,082 77
1993 11 7,639 5,756 67
1992 17 5,545 6,292 62
1991 18 5,235 6,893 59
1990 18 5,112 8,075 54
1989 37 2,943 8,362 54
1988 55 2,098 8,070 53
1987 57 1,963 8,247 54
1986 35 2,741 6,900 57
1985 41 2,410 6,659 56
1984 41 2,347 6,972 52
1983 51 1,997 6,983 51
1982 44 2,260 6,989 50
1981 42 2,348 6,478 53
1980 55 1,943 7,248 50
1979 26 3,168 4,204 72
1978 21 3,535 3,804 75
1977 23 3,296 3,450 82
1976 19 3,566 3,170 84
1975 15 4,199 3,186 83
1974 21 3,229 3,637 74
1973 20 3,256 3,932 69
1972 17 3,587 4,144 67
1971 26 2,745 4,677 63
1970 15 3,908 4,149 77
1969 12 4,242 2,930 109
1968 12 4,051 2,463 122
1967 9 4,691 2,449 123
1966 6 5,962 2,110 141
1965 8 4,938 1,803 167
1964 6 6,176 1,588 172
1963 8 4,991 1,637 177
1962 7 5,430 1,601 187
1961 < 5 -- 1,404 205
1960 < 5 -- 1,047 247
1959 7 5,151 984 254
1958 < 5 -- 914 256
1957 < 5 -- 678 283
1956 5 6,174 615 299
1955 < 5 -- 501 330
1954 < 5 -- 395 363
1953 < 5 -- 336 376
1952 < 5 -- 345 363
1951 < 5 -- 278 408
1950 < 5 -- 202 471
1949 < 5 -- 114 640
1948 < 5 -- 63 863
1947 < 5 -- 61 892
1946 < 5 -- 49 954
1945 < 5 -- 40 1,008
1944 < 5 -- 46 953
1943 < 5 -- 81 714
1942 < 5 -- 32 1,231
1941 < 5 -- 18 1,650
1940 < 5 -- 31 1,213
1939 < 5 -- 23 1,400
1938 < 5 -- 20 1,531
1937 < 5 -- 9 2,533
1936 < 5 -- 30 1,212
1935 < 5 -- 11 2,285
1934 < 5 -- 10 2,435
1933 < 5 -- 11 2,253
1932 < 5 -- 12 2,218
1931 < 5 -- 16 1,872
1930 < 5 -- 13 2,207
1929 < 5 -- 6 3,653
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United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.