What does Erica mean?
Erica /er-i-ca/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' 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 variants: Aerica, Aericka, Airica, Airicka, Airika, Arica, Arika, Elika, Enrica, Enrika, Eraca, Ericka▼, Erika▼, Erike, Erikka, Erricka, Eryca, Erycka, Eryka, Erykah▼, Eyrica, Rickee, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Rikke, Rikki▼, Rikky, Sherica and Terica.more]
How popular is Erica?
Erica is a very popular first name for females (#169 out of 4276, Top 4%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Erica for girls. Erica entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its peak position of #36 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #657. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Popular variation forms of Erica (#657 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are Eric, Ericka, Erika (#678 in 2014), Erykah, Jerica, Ricki and Rikki. Variants like Rieca are seldom used. Adoption of these girl names was at its peak in 1990 (usage of 0.3723%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.0831%, down 77.7%), with forms like Erica, Erika, Erykah, Jerica and Rikki becoming somewhat outmoded. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Erica and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)