Old Norse
"eternal ruler"

Eric Origin and Meaning

The name Eric is a boy's name of Scandinavian, Norse origin meaning "eternal ruler".

Eric is derived from the Old Norse name Eiríkr, from the components ei, meaning "ever," and ríkr, "rule." 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. Erik is an alternate spelling and the preferred form of the name across much of Europe.

Eric—the all-time most popular Scandinavian boys’ name in the U. S.—peaked in the Ricky Nelson/Rick Springfield period.

From the mid-sixties to the late eighties, Eric was on the Top 25 list. 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.

# 227 in the US

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Famous People Named Eric

  • Eric Victor BurdonEnglish singer
  • Eric Patrick ClaptonEnglish musician
  • Eric Hilliard "Ricky" NelsonAmerican singer and actor
  • Eric William DaneAmerican actor
  • Eric WestAmerican actor
  • Eric Benet (Jordan)American singer
  • Eric Thomas DeckerAmerican NFL football player
  • (Kenneth) Eric ChurchAmerican country singer
  • Eric Scott MelvinAmerican musician
  • Eric Marlon Bishopbirth name of American actor Jamie Foxx
  • Eric Christian OlsenAmerican actor
  • Eric Burnell ZentnerAmerican model
  • Eric SaadeSwedish Singer
  • Eric Thomas AndolsekAmerican former NFL player
  • Eric LloydAmerican actor, comedian and musician
  • Eric Kostonpro skateboarder
  • Eric Anthony RobertsAmerican actor
  • Eric MilleganAmerican actor
  • Eric Kyle SzmandaAmerican actor
  • Eric Henry LiddellScottish athlete
  • Eric HobsbawmEnglish historian
  • Eric StoltzAmerican actor, director and producer
  • Eric HosmerAmerican baseball player
  • Eric KripkeAmerican television writer, director and producer
  • Eric RobertsAmerican actor
  • Eric Meyersvoice actor
  • Eric IdleBritish comedian and actor
  • Eric StoughAmerican animation director, producer and voice actor
  • Eric Cowell (b. 2014)son of English TV and music producer Simon Cowell
  • Eric RichardEnglish actor ('The Bill', British television series)
  • Eric FaulknerScottish musician
  • Eric Trumpson of President Donald Trump

Eric in Pop Culture

  • Eric Northmancharacter on TV's "True Blood"
  • Eric Finchcharacter in "V for Vendetta"
  • Eric Jacksoncharacter in "The 100"
  • Ericprince in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
  • Eric Formancharacter on TV's "That '70s Show"
  • Eric Foremancharacter on TV's "House"
  • Eric Matthewscharacter on TV's "Boy Meets World"
  • Erik Nightcharacter on TV's "House of Night"
  • Eric Van Der WoodsenSerena's brother on TV's "Gossip Girl"
  • Eric Delkocharacter on TV's "CSI: Miami"
  • Eric Taylora main character on TV's "Friday Night Lights"
  • Eric Cartmancharacter on animated series "South Park"
  • Eric Brooks aka Bladecharacter in Marvel comics/films
  • Eric "Cat" Chantmain character in "Charmed Life"
  • Eric Weisscharacter on TV's "Alias"
  • Eric Bartholomew Beale IIIcharacter on TV's "NCIS: Los Angeles"
  • Eric Shellhorncharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Eric Richard "Bitty" Bittlecharacter in webcomic "Check, Please!"
  • Eric Birlingcharacter in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
  • Ericcharacter in Aphmau's YouTube series
  • Prince Ericcharacter in animated movie "Barbie in the Nutcracker"
  • Ericcharacter in animated movie "Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus"
  • Eric Lassardcharacter in the "Police Academy" Film series
  • Eric Williams aka Green Reaper a enemy in Avengers earth mightiest heroes and also Simon Williams older brother.

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