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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 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 Saade, Swedish Singer
Eric Thomas Andolsek, American former NFL player
Eric Lloyd, American actor, comedian and musician
Eric Koston, pro skateboarder
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, American baseball player
Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer
Eric Cowell (b. 2014), son of English TV and music producer Simon Cowell

Pop Culture References for the name Eric

Eric Northman, character on TV's "True Blood"
Eric, prince in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Eric Forman, character on TV's "That '70s Show"
Eric Foreman, character on TV's "House"
Eric Matthews, character on TV's "Boy Meets World"
Erik Night, character on TV's "House of Night"
Eric Van Der Woodsen, Serena's brother on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Eric Delko, charater on TV's "CSI: Miami"
Eric Taylor, a main character on TV's "Friday Night Lights"
Eric Cartman, character on animated series "South Park"
Eric Brooks aka Blade, character in Marvel comics/films
Eric "Cat" Chant, main character in "Charmed Life"
Eric Weiss, character on TV's "Alias"
Eric Bartholomew Beale III, character on TV's "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)