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Meaning and name origin

Erica \e-ri-ca\ as a girl's name is pronounced AIR-a-ka. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Erica is "complete ruler". Latinate feminine form of Eric, and also a flower name, as the Latin word erica means "heather". Scandinavian name revived in the 19th century. Writer Erica Jong; singer erica Lee Jones; actresses Rickie Lake, Ricki Christensen; singer Erika Badu.


Erica has 30 variant forms: Aerica, Aericka, Airica, Airicka, Airika, Arica, Arika, Elika, Enrica, Enrika, Eraca, Ericka, Erika, Erike, Erricka, Erikka, Eryca, Erycka, Eryka, Erykah, Eyrica, Rickee, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Rikke, Rikki, Rikky, Sherica and Terica.

For more information, see also related girl names Geri, Jerica and Rica.


Erica is a very popular first name for females (#169 out of 4276, Top 4%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Erica for girls. Erica reached its highest rank of #36 in the U.S. in 1990. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Erica name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Erica outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Erica and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Erica (#657), Erika (#678), Ricki, Rikki, Jerica, Erykah, Ericka, Eric and Geri. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eric, Erica, Ericka, Erika, Erykah, Geri, Jerica, Ricki, Rikki in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Erica, Erika outside U.S.

Similar Names

Erica is also pronounced similarly to Eriko and Eroica. Other suggested similar baby names are Elrica, Erga, Erina, Eris, Erisha and Eriss. These names tend to be less commonly used than Erica.