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What does Erik mean?

Erik Pronunciation of 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): respelling of Eric. Erik is also a form of Frederick (Old French, Old German): from fred.


ASSOCIATED WITH norse, ruler (king), peaceful


VARIANTS Eryk, Errick, Erric, Eriq, Erick, Erek, Eirik, Arrick, Arric, Arreck, Arik, Arick, Aerrick, Aerric, Aerick, Aeric, Aaric

RELATIONS VIA ARIC, ERIC, FREDERICK Eero, Erich, Erico, Erix, Erki, Erkki, Eurico, Fred, Frido, Fritz, Jerk, Ric, Rick, Rik, Rike



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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)

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 #356 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2016)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erik name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Eric (#142 FROM RECENT DATA), Erick (#237), Frederick (#514), Fred (#1539), Aric, Arik, Erich, Eriq, Errick, Fritz, Ric and Rick are the popular variation forms of Erik (#356). 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 82.6%), with forms such as Aric going out of style. Eric has been the most recognizable form, although Erick appears to be gaining popularity too.

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-sounding 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.

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