Meaning and name origin
Erik \e-rik\ as a boy's name is of Old Norse, Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Erik is "complete ruler; peaceful ruler". Erik is a variant of Aric (Old Norse): variant of Eric. Also a variant of Frederick (Old French, Old German): from fred or frid meaning "peace", and rÓc meaning "power, ruler".
Erik is a very popular first name for males (#231 out of 1220, Top 19%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Erik for boys. Erik reached its highest rank of #89 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Erik and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eric (#123), Erick (#257), Erik (#328), Frederick (#497) and Aric. (2014 statistics).
Erik▲ is also pronounced similarly to Arek, Erich▼, Yorik and Yurik. Other suggested similar baby names are Brik, Edik, Edrik, Erez, Eri, Erico, Erie, Erin▼, Erix, Erki, Erkki and Eros. These names tend to be less commonly used than Erik.