Meaning and name origin
Eric \e-ric\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Aeric, Aerick, Aerric, Aerrick, Aerricko, Aric, Arreck, Arric, Arrick, Eero, Eirik, Erek, Erich, Erick, Erico, Erik, Eriq, Erix, Erki, Errick, Erico, Erkki, Eryk, Eurico, Jerk, Jerker, Rick, Rickey, Ricky, Rikki and Rikky.
There is 1 feminine form of Eric: Erica.
Eric is a very popular first name for males (#33 out of 1220, Top 3%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#64275 out of 88799, Top 72%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Eric for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Eric and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eric (#123), Erick (#257), Erik (#328), Frederick (#497), Ricky (#519), Rick, Rickey, Aric, Frederic and Erich. (2014 statistics).
Eric is also pronounced similarly to Aaric, Arick, Arik, Erric and Orric. Other suggested similar baby names are Edric, Erez, Eri, Erie, Erin, Eros and Errico. These names tend to be less commonly used than Eric.