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Gender: M Meaning of Eric: "eternal ruler" Origin of Eric: Old Norse Eric's Popularity in 2015: #137

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 137. 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.

Famous People Named Eric

Eric Saade, Swedish Singer
Eric William Dane, American actor
Eric Patrick Clapton, English musician
Eric West, American actor
Eric Benet (Jordan), American singer
Eric Thomas Decker, American NFL football player
(Kenneth) Eric Church, American country singer
Eric Scott Melvin, American musician
Eric Marlon Bishop, birth name of American actor Jamie Foxx
Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
Eric Burnell Zentner, American model
Eric Thomas Andolsek, American former NFL player
Eric Lloyd, American actor, comedian and musician
Eric Koston, pro skateboarder
Eric Cowell (b. 2014), son of English TV and music producer Simon Cowel
Eric Anthony Roberts, American actor
Eric Millegan, American actor
Eric Henry Liddell, Scottish athlete
Eric Hobsbawm, English historian
Eric Stoltz, American actor, director and producer
Eric Hosmer, 1st baseman for the Kansas City Royals, 2016 all star game MVP
Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer

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, Serena's brother on "Gossip Girl"
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"
Eric Weiss, character on TV's "Alias"
Eric Bartholomew Beale III, character on TV show "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Eric Shellhorn, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Eric Richard "Bitty" Bittle, character in webcomic "Check, Please!"
Eric Birling, character in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
Eric, character in Aphmau's YouTube series

Eric's International Variations

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