Dirk - Meaning of Dirk
[ 1 syll. dir(k), di-rk ] The baby boy name Dirk is pronounced DAHRK (English), DIHRK (Dutch), or DIYRK (German) †. Dirk is of Gothic origin, and it is used largely in the Dutch, English, Flemish, and German languages. The name was first made known among English speakers by the actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who was of mixed Dutch, Flemish, and Scottish ancestry. In recent times, the name has been associated with the porn star Dirk Diggler played by Mark Wahlberg in the film Boogie Nights (1997).
In addition, Dirk is a Dutch, English, Flemish, and German contraction of Derek (Dutch, English, and German).
Dirk is also a Dutch, English, and German diminutive form of Diederik (Dutch).
Dirk has 12 variant transcriptions that are used in English and foreign languages. Variation transcriptions used in English include Derc, Derk, Dierck, Dieric, Dierich, Dirc, Dirck, Dirke, Durc, Durk, and Dyrk. Dierk (German) is a variant transcription of Dirk that is in foreign languages.
Variant forms inherit the origin and thus the meaning of Dirk.
Dirk is rare as a baby name for boys. At the modest peak of its usage in 1954, 0.021% of baby boys were given the name Dirk. It ranked at #341 then. The baby name has since dropped out of favor, and is of only irregular use now. In 2018, out of the group of boy names directly linked to Dirk, Derek was the most popular.
† Pronunciation for Dirk: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
A famous person named Dirk is Actor, Dirk Bogarde, born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde, 28 March 1921 - 8 May 1999, West Hampstead, London, England.