What does Eric mean?
Eric \e-ric\ as a boys' name is pronounced AIR-ik. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Eric is "complete ruler". From ei meaning "ever, always" (or einn "one, alone") and ríkr meaning "rule, power". The original form is Erik, which has been borne by nine Danish kings. Also used as a nickname for Frederic and Frederick. Scandinavian legend relates that the explorer Leif Ericson (son of Erik the Red) landed on the shores of America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Literary: the name was not widely used among English-speaking people until 19th-century British fiction writers Frederic Farrar (in "Eric", or "Little by Little") and H Rider Haggard (in "Eric Brighteyes"). Author Erich Segal; musician Eric Clapton; skater Eric Heiden; actors Eriq La Salle, Eric McCormack.
Eric has 31 variants: Aeric, Aerick, Aerric, Aerrick, Aerricko, Aric▼, Arreck, Arric, Arrick, Eero, Eirik, Erek, Erich▼, Erick, Erico, Erico, Erik, Eriq, Erix, Erki, Erkki, Errick, Eryk, Eurico, Jerk, Jerker, Rick▼, Rickey▼, Ricky, Rikki and Rikky.
Eric has 38 more alternative forms via Ericson, Erik, Frederic, Frederick: Aaric, Arick, Arik, Ericksen, Erikson, Erric, Federico▼, Federigo, Fred▼, Fredd, Freddie▼, Freddy▼, Fredek, Frederic▼, Frederich, Frederico, Frederik, Fredi, Fredric▼, Fredrick▼, Fredrik, Fredro, Frido, Fridrich, Fridrick, Friedel, Friedrich, Friedrick, Fritz▼, Fritzchen, Fritzi, Fritzl, Fryderky, Ric, Rich▼, Rik, Rike and Rikke.
Eric has 1 feminine form: Erica.
Eric is a very prominent first name for men (#33 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#57985 out of 150436, Top 39%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Eric for boys. Eric reached its top rank of #14 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is presently at #123. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Popular varying forms of Eric (#123 the previous year) are Aric, Erich, Erick (#257 the previous year), Erik (#328), Federico, Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Frederic, Frederick (#497), Fredric, Fredrick, Fredrik, Friedrich, Fritz, Rich, Rick, Rickey and Ricky (#519). These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5184%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.1638%, down 68.4%), with forms like Freddy, Fredrick, Fritz, Rich and Rickey becoming somewhat dated. Eric (#123), Erick (#257), Erik (#328) and Ricky (#519) are four of the more fashionable boy names here. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Eric and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)