What does Erika mean?
Erika /eri-ka/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name. Erika's name origin is Old Norse, and the name Erika means "complete ruler". Erika is an alternate form, with the suffix -ka, of Erica (Old Norse): Latinate feminine version of Eric.
How popular is Erika?
Erika is a very popular first name for women (#298 out of 4276, Top 7%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Erika for girls. Erika was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #74 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #678 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent related forms of Erika (#678 last year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Erica (#657 last year), Rikki, Ricki, Erykah and Ericka. Forms like Rickie are uncommon. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity in 1994 (usage of 0.4712%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.1108%, down 76.5%), with the forms Erica, Erika, Ericka, Rikki and Erykah becoming somewhat outmoded. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Erika and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)