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What does Erika mean?

Erika [eri-ka] 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.

Associated with: norse, ruler (queen).


Erika has 16 variants: Aerica, Aericka, Airica, Airicka, Airika, Arica, Arika, Eraca, Ericka, Erikka, Erricka, Eryca, Erycka, Eryka, Erykah and Eyrica.

Erika has 5 more related forms via Erica: Elika, Enrica, Enrika, Erike and Terica.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Erikai, Erita, ..

(male) Erier, Erira, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name statistics of Erika for girls. Erika was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its apex position of #74 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #678 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Prominent related forms of Erika (#678 last year) appearing in the Top 2000 are Erica (#657 last year), Ericka (#1999), Erykah, Eryka, Arika and Arica. Other forms, like Enrika, are uncommon. These forms of Erika were favored as birth names in 1990 (usage of 0.9%) and are now significantly less widespread, with forms like Erykah becoming somewhat outmoded.

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

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

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

Similar Names


Erika is alike in pronunciation to Eriko, Eroica, Eroiqua and Yuriko. Other recommended names are Afrika, Alika, Amika, Anika, Dorika, Edina, Edira, Edita, Ediva, Egina, Eike, Eila, Eira, Elia, Elida, Elina, Elisa, Elita, Eliza, Elka, Elrica, Emila, Emina, Enricka, Erda, Erena, Erga, Erin, Erina, Erinn, Erinna, Eris, Erisha, Eriss, Erla, Erlina, Erma, Ermina, Erna, Ersila, Ertha, Ervina, Erwina, Evia, Evina, Evita, Gerika, Jarika, Jerika, Marika, Mika, Nika, Rika, Sarika, Terika, Ulrika and Vika. These names tend to be less frequently used than Erika.