What does Erik mean?
Erik [erik] as a boys' name is of Old Norse origin, and the name Erik means "complete ruler; peaceful ruler". Erik is an alternate form of Aric (Old Norse): variation of Eric. Erik is also a form of Frederick (Old French, Old German): from fred.
(male) Elik, Erke, ..
(female) Erel, Erikel, ..
How popular is Erik?
Erik is a very prominent first name for males (#231 out of 1220, Top 19%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#142819 out of 150436, Top 95%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name history of Erik for boys. Erik was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #85 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #338 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Below is a charted study of the history of Erik and corresponding names. Eric (#137 from recent data), Erick (#266), Frederick (#517), Fred (#1594), Rick (#1838), Ric, Fritz, Eriq, Arik, Erich, Aric and Errick are the popular variation forms of Erik (#338 from recent data). These forms of Erik were favored as baby names a century ago (adoption of 1.9%) and are now significantly less popular (adoption 0.3%, down 82.7%), with forms such as Rick going out of style.
Erik▼ is pronounced similarly to Arek, Orric, Orrick, Warick, Yorick, Yorik and Yurik. Other suggested similar names are Alik, Brik, Chik, Craik, Creik, Derik, Edik, Edin, Edric, Edrick, Edrik, Efi, Efrim, Egil, Eike, Eli▲, Elia, Elie, Elis, Eliu, Emil▼, Emir, Enis, Enok, Eoin, Eran, Erez, Eri, Erie, Erin▼, Erl, Erle, Erlie, Erly, Ermin, Ern, Ernie▼, Ernin, Erno, Erol, Eron, Eros, Erv, Erve, Ervin▼, Erwin▼, Evin, Ewin, Ezio, Ezri, Gerik, Izik, Jurik, Maik, Marik, Nik, Rorik, Rurik, Tarik and Ulrik. These names tend to be less commonly used than Erik.See names in meaning and etymology.