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What does Eric mean?

Eric Pronunciation of Eric 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH norse, power, scandinavian, legend (mythology), red, literary, 19th century, british (england), little


VARIANTS 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, Rikky

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA ERICSON, ERIK, FREDERIC, FREDERICK Aaric, Arick, Arik, Erric, Fred, Frido, Fritz, Ric, Rich, Rik




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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)

Eric reached its top rank of #14 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is presently at #160. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Eric (#160 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) are Aric, Arik, Erich, Erick (#280), Erik (#378), Eriq, Errick, Fred (#1650), Frederic, Frederick (#496), Fritz, Ric, Rich, Rick (#1872), Rickey and Ricky (#681). These forms of Eric were favored in the 1970s (USAGE OF 1.95%) and are now significantly less popular (USAGE 0.31%, 84% LESS), with forms like Aric becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eric, Aric, Arik, Erich, Erick in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erik, Eriq, Errick, Fred, Frederic in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Frederick, Fritz, Ric, Rich, Rick in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rickey, Ricky in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eric, Erik, Frederick outside U.S.

Similar Names

Eric is pronounced similarly to Arek, Orric, Orrick, Warick, Yorick, Yorik and Yurik. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.

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