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Gender: M Meaning of Eric: "eternal ruler" Origin of Eric: Old Norse Eric's Popularity in 2013: #118

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Eric -- the all-time most popular Scandinavian boys' name in the U. S. -- peaked in the Ricky Nelson/Rick Springfield period. It was adopted by English speakers in the mid-nineteenth century, who were already familiar with the exploits of the tenth century Viking navigator and discoverer of Greenland, Eric the Red.

From the mid-sixties to the late eighties, Eric was on the Top 25 list, and is still at Number 118. Some of its best known bearers: Eric Clapton, Eric Idle, Eric Dane and major characters in The Little Mermaid, True Blood and Friday Night Lights, not to mention Eric Cartman on South Park. Simon Cowell named his first son Eric after his father.

Erik is the Old World spelling of Eric, now mega popular in Germany and Sweden.

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Famous People Named Eric

Eric Saade - Swedish Singer
Eric Dane - American actor
Eric Clapton - English musician
Eric West - American actor
Eric Benet - American singer
Eric Decker - American NFL football player
Eric Church - American country singer
Eric Scott Melvin, from the band NOFX
Eric Marlon Bishop, real name of American actor Jamie Foxx
Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
Eric Zenter, American model
Eric Thomas Andolsek, American former NFL player
Eric Lloyd, American actor
Eric Koston, pro skateboarder
Eric Cowell, Simon Cowell's son (b. 2014)
Eric Roberts, American actor and brother of actress Julia Roberts
Eric Millegan, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Eric

Eric Northman - True Blood character
Eric - the prince in "The Little Mermaid"
Eric Forman - That '70s Show character
Eric Foreman - House character
Eric Matthews - "Boy Meets World" character
Erik Night - 'House of Night' character
Eric Van Der Woodsen - Gossip Girl's Serena's brother
Eric Delko - CSI: Miami character
Eric Taylor-Friday Night Lights lead character
Eric Cartman - South Park character
Eric Brooks - Marvel character Blade
Eric "Cat" Chant - main character in Charmed Life

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Eric's International Variations

Erich (Czech) Eero, Erkki (Finnish) Éric (French) Eirik (Norwegian) Eryk (Polish) Eriks (Russian) Erik (Scandinavian) Erico (Spanish)