What does Eric mean?
Eric [er-ic] 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 1 feminine form: Erica.Creative forms:
(male) Enic, Ernic, ..
(female) Erca, Ericla, .. Middle name pairings:
Eric Caius (E.C.), ..
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 #137. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Eric (#137 the previous year) are Aric, Arik, Erich, Erick (#266 the previous year), Erik (#338), Eriq, Errick, Fred (#1594), Frederic, Frederick (#517), Fritz, Ric, Rich, Rick (#1838), Rickey (#1755) and Ricky (#584). These forms of Eric were favored in the 1970s (usage of 1.95%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.35%, 82% less), with forms like Aric becoming less trendy.
Eric▼ is pronounced similarly to Arek, Orric, Orrick, Warick, Yorick, Yorik and Yurik. Other suggested similar names are Alic, Alric, Beric, Chic, Daric, Deric, Ederic, Edik, Edin, Edric, Edrich, Edrick, Edrik, Efi, Efrim, Egil, Eli▲, Elia, Elice, Elie, Elis, Eliu, Emich, Emil▼, Emir, Enis, Enrico, Eoin, Eran, Erez, Eri, Erie, Erin▼, Erl, Erle, Erlie, Erly, Ermin, Ern, Ernie▼, Ernin, Erno, Erol, Eron, Eros, Errico, Erv, Erve, Ervin▼, Erwin▼, Evin, Ewin, Ezio, Ezri, Jeric, Nic, Osric, Roric, Ulric and Vic. These names tend to be less frequently used than Eric.See names in meaning and etymology.