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PronouncedPron.thee-AHD-ə-rik English

Meaning & History

From a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the people", derived from the elements theud "people" and ric "power, ruler". It was notably borne by Theodoric the Great, a 6th-century king of the Ostrogoths who eventually became the ruler of Italy. By Theodoric's time the Ostrogoths were partially Romanized and his name was regularly recorded as Theodoricus. The Gothic original may have been Þiudreiks.
Other Languages & CulturesToutorix Ancient Celtic Theoderich, Theodoricus, Theudoricus, Theutrich, Þiudreiks Ancient Germanic Diederik, Tijmen, Dick, Diede, Diederick, Dirk, Ties Dutch Dederick, Derrick, Dirk English Thierry French Durk, Tiede Frisian Diederich, Dietrich, Dierk, Dirk, Thilo, Till, Tillo, Tilo German Tielo Medieval German Tudor, Tudur Welsh
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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute