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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.


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

Erik has 15 more relations via Aric, Eric, Frederick: Eero, Erich, Erico, Erix, Erki, Erkki, Eurico, Fred, Frido, Fritz, Jerk, Ric, Rick, Rik and Rike.

Kreatif forms:
(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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 #328 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 history of Erik and corresponding names. Eric (#123 from recent data), Erick (#257), Frederick (#497), Fred (#1475), Rick (#1711), Ric, Fritz, Eriq, Arik, Erich, Aric and Errick are the popular variation forms of Erik (#328 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 81.7%), with forms such as Rick going out of style.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erick, Eriq, Errick, Fred, Frederick in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


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.