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What does Erica mean?

Erica Pronunciation of Erica [er-i-ca] 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.

Associated with: norse, ruler (queen), scandinavian, 19th century, lake (river).


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.

Related girl names: Jerica and Rica.

6 more different relations via Ricki, Rickie: Rhica, Rica, Ricca, Rieca, Rika and Rycca.

Creative forms:
(female) Erca, Eriea, ..

(male) Eried, Erier, ..

Middle name pairings:
Erica Mariah (E.M.), ..

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. Demographics)

Erica entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #36 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #681. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erica name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Erica (#681 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000 are Arica, Arika, Eric, Ericka, Erika (#728 in recent rankings), Eryka, Erykah, Jerica, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky and Rikki. Other variants, like Rycca, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Erica was more pronounced among parents in 1990 (median #1324) and is now significantly reduced, with forms like Erykah becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erica, Arica, Arika, Eric, Ericka in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erika, Eryka, Erykah, Jerica, Ricki in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rickie, Ricky, Rikki in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Erica is alike in pronunciation to Eriko, Eroica and Eroiqua. Other recommended names are Africa, Alica, Amica, Anica, Derica, Edina, Edira, Edita, Ediva, Egina, Eila, Eira, Elia, Elice, Elicia, Elida, Elina, Elisa, Elita, Eliza, Elrica, Emila, Emina, Enricka, Erda, Erena, Erga, Erin, Erina, Erinn, Erinna, Eris, Erisha, Eriss, Erla, Erlina, Erma, Ermina, Erna, Ernice, Ersila, Ertha, Ervina, Erwina, Evia, Evina, Evita, Farica, Gerica, Jarica, Lyrica, Meica, Mica, Prisca, Ulrica, Verica, Vica and Zorica. These names tend to be less commonly used than Erica.

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