What does Eric mean?
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.Kreatif forms: Eieric, Eleric, Ericel. [more]
How popular is Eric?
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 2 years ago) are Aric, Erich, Erick (#257 2 years ago), Erik (#328), Federico, Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Frederic, Frederick (#497), Fredric, Fredrick, Fredrik, Friedrich, Fritz, Rich, Rick, Rickey and Ricky (#519). These forms of Eric were favored during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5184%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.1638%, 68.4% less), with forms like Freddy, Fredrick, Fritz, Rich and Rickey becoming somewhat dated. Eric has been the most well-known version, while Erick has become trendy as well. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Eric and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)