DERICK was a baptismal name 'the son of Theodoric' an ancient baptismal name. This name was introduced from Holland and Germany into England in the 15th century, and as a surname is most common now in County Somerset. The name was originally spelt as Diederick. Early records of the name mention Dedercus Campe, documented during the reign of Edward IV (1461-1483).
Richard Baker and Mary Deryke of County Norfolk, were married in London in the year 1545. Barnicke Dericke (servant to Mr John Draper) was buried at St. Antholin, London in the year 1560. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but most of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. The English composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934) was of German descent. He was born in Bradford, Yorks, where his family was in the wool trade. Both his parents were born in Bielefeld, Germany, and his father became a naturalized British subject in 1850, and the name was anglizised to Derrick. The name is also spelt Dirrick and Derwick.
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