Meaning and Name Origin
Erik \e-rik\ as a boys' name is of Old Norse, Old French and Old German origin, and the name Erik means "complete ruler; peaceful ruler". Erik is a form of Aric (Old Norse): variant of Eric. Erik is also a form of Frederick (Old French, Old German): from fred or frid meaning "peace", and rÓc meaning "power, ruler".
Erik▲ has 49 more related variations via Aric, Eric, Frederick: Aerricko, Arrict, Eero, Erich▼, Erico, Erix, Erki, Erkki, Eurico, 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, Jerk, Jerker, Ric, Rich▼, Rick▼, Rickey▼, Rickie▼, Ricky▲, Rik, Rike, Rikke, Rikki and Rikky.
Erik is a very prominent first name for males (#231 out of 1220, Top 19%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Erik for boys. Erik was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its apex rank of #89 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #328 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Erik and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Erik (#328 last year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Eric (#123 last year), Erick (#257), Frederick (#497), Ricky (#519), Fritz, Friedrich, Rich, Rickey, Rickie, Fredrik, Rick, Fredrick, Freddie, Fred, Federico, Freddy, Frederic, Fredric, Aric and Erich. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and are now significantly less popular, with forms such as Freddy, Fredrick, Fritz, Rich and Rickey falling out of style. Eric (#123), Erick (#257), Erik (#328) and Ricky (#519) are four of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here. (2014 Birth Statistics)