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Gender: Male Meaning of Alaric: "all-powerful ruler" Origin of Alaric: German Alaric's Popularity in 2017: #994

The name Alaric is a boy's name of German origin meaning "all-powerful ruler". Alaric is ranked #994 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Names from History and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

From the experts:

Alaric is an ancient regal name that sounds modern enough to be considered. Alaric was a traditional name for the kings of the Ostrogoths, the most famous of whom was Alaric I, the King of the West Goths who sacked Rome in 410.

In literature, Alaric was a noble character in P. G. Wodehouse's Blandings Castle novels, the lead character in Alexander Theroux's Darconville's Cat, appeared in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, and was the name of a history teacher on The Vampire Diaries.

More unusual than Frederic or Roderic, Alaric could make a quaintly quirky path to all the Al and Rick nicknames.

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Famous People Named Alaric

Alaric I and II, Kings of the Visigoths
Alaric, legendary king of Sweden
Alaric Tay (Liang Hoong), Singaporean film director
(Harold) Alaric Jacob, English writer and war correspondent
Alaric Alexander Watts, English poet and journalist
Alaric "Rokko" Jans, American composer
Alaric B. Chapin, American Civil War hero
Alaric-Cotin, nickname of Frederick the Great of Prussia, given by Voltaire for his military genius and his taste for literature

Pop Culture References for the name Alaric

Alaric Saltzman, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries", He is also called Rick
Alaric, Duke of Dunstable, a character in P. G. Wodehouse's 'Blandings Castle' series
Alaric the Mad, character in the Warhammer Fantasy realm
Alaric Darconville, title character of Alexander Theroux's "Darconville's Cat"
Alaric Deschain, character in Stephen King's series The Dark Tower
Alaric Morgan, character in the Deryni series by Katherine Kurtz
Alaric Tudor, one of the clerks in Anthony Trollope's "The Three Clerks"
Alaric Vas, character in "The Bird Artist" by Howard Norman
Alaric, character in Alyssa Day's Warriors of Poseidon series
Alaric, character in "Born to Exile" by Phyllis Eisenstein
Sir Alaric, Keeper of the King's Records in "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" by Dr. Seuss

Alric, Ulrich, Alarick, Alarik, Allaric, Rick, Aleric, Al, Ulrick, Ric, Alrick, Allarick

Alaric's International Variations

Alrik (Swedish) Alarico, Rico (Spanish) Ullric, Adalrich, Alarich, Ullrich, Aurick, Aurik (German) Ulryk (Polish)