Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. DIRK(Dutch, German) DURK(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Dutch and Low German short form of Diederik. This name was borne by several counts of Frisia and Holland, beginning in the 10th century. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who had some Dutch ancestry. This is also the Scots word for a type of dagger.

Related Names

VariantsDick, Ties(Dutch) Dierk(German)
Feminine FormDirkje(Dutch)
Other Languages & CulturesTiidrik, Tiit(Estonian) Thierry(French) Durk(Frisian) Theoderich(Germanic) Theodoric, Theodoricus, Þiudareiks, Theudoricus(Gothic) Tielo(Medieval German) Þeudōrīks(Old Germanic)
Surname DescendantsDircks, Dircksens, Dirckx, Dirix, Dirks, Dirkse, Dirksen, Dirkx, Dirchs(Dutch) Derichs, Dirks, Dirksen(German)


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Entry updated December 7, 2022