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What does Erik mean?

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.


Erik has 17 variants: Aaric, Aeric, Aerick, Aerric, Aerrick, Arick, Arik, Arreck, Arric, Arrick, Eirik, Erek, Erick, Eriq, Erric, Errick and Eryk.

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%) 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 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Erik name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Erik and corresponding names. 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 are the popular variation forms of Erik (#328 last year). These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5202%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.156%, down 70%), with forms such as Freddy, Fredrick, Federico, Frederic and Fredric falling out of style. Eric (#123), Erick (#257), Erik (#328) and Ricky (#519) are four of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aric, Eric, Erich, Erick, Erik, Federico, Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Frederic in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Frederick, Fredric, Fredrick, Friedrich, Fritz, Rich, Rick, Rickey, Rickie, Ricky in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Erik is pronounced similarly to Arek, Yorik and Yurik. Other suggested similar baby names are Brik, Edik, Edrik, Erez, Eri, Erie, Erin and Eros. These names tend to be less commonly used than Erik.