[ 2 syll. die-ter, di-et-er ] The baby boy name Dieter is pronounced as DIY-T-er †. Dieter is used chiefly in the German and English languages. It is derived from Gothic and Germanic origins. From Germanic roots, its meaning is warrior of the people - in this context, Dieter can be used in the English and German languages. It is a two-element name derived from the words 'theud' + 'heri' which mean people, race + army, warrior respectively. Diether (Germanic) is an older form of Dieter. The name was borne by Saint Theuderius (-575), who founded several monasteries in Vienne.
In addition, Dieter is a variant of the name Derek (Dutch, English, and German) in the German language.
Dieter is also a variant of the name Dietrich (German, Romanian, and English) in the German language.
Didi (familiar form in English and German) is another variant of Dieter.
Dieter is unusual as a baby boy name. It is not listed in the top 1000. Within the family of boy names directly linked to Dieter, Derek was the most frequently used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Dieter: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)"