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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.

Derek Early Origins



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.

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Derek Spelling Variations


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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.

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Derek Early History


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Derek Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Derek research. Another 272 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1300, and 1327 are included under the topic Early Derek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Derek Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Derek Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Derek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Derek In Ireland


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Derek In 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.

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The Great Migration



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 in 1637.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Derek (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Derek Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Derek Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 March 2016 at 12:30.

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