The name Derek is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Derek was a name used for a beloved person or as a term of endearment. The surname Derek also derived from the animal deer.
Early Origins of the Derek family
The surname Derek was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Derek family
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Derek Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Derek include Dear, Deare, Dere, Deer, Dearie, Deir and others.
Early Notables of the Derek family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Derek family to Ireland
Some of the Derek family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 168 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Derek family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Derek were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Fletcher Dear who settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Joseph, Thomas, and William Deare settled in Virginia between 1637 and 1663; Anne and Darby Deare arrived in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Derek (post 1700)
- John Derek (1926-1998), American actor, director and photographer, husband of Bo Derek
- Bo Derek (b. 1956), born Mary Cathleen Collins, American film actress and model, perhaps best known for her role in the 1979 film 10
- DJ Derek (1941-2015), stage name of Derek Serpell-Morris, an English DJ based in Bristol