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.
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)
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)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Erik and corresponding names. Eric (#123 from recent data), Erick (#257), Frederick (#497), Fritz, Rick, Fred, Aric and Erich are the popular variation forms of Erik (#328 from recent data). These forms of Erik were favored as baby names during 1970-1979 (adoption of 0.64%) and are now significantly less popular (adoption 0.31%, down 51.8%), with forms such as Aric, Erich, Fred, Rick and Fritz falling out of style. Eric has been the most recognizable form, although Erik appears to be gaining popularity too. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Erik▲ is pronounced similarly to Arek, Orric, Orrick, Warick, Warrick, Warwick, Yorick, Yorik, Yorrick and Yurik. Other suggested similar baby names are Brik, Edik, Edrik, Erez, Eri, Erie, Erin▼, Eros and Errico. These names tend to be less commonly used than Erik.