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Gender: Male Meaning of Eric: "eternal ruler" Origin of Eric: Old Norse Eric's Popularity in 2017: #143

The name Eric is a boy's name of Norse origin meaning "eternal ruler". Eric is ranked #143 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby Name SCRABBLE".

From the experts:

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. 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 Hilliard "Ricky" Nelson, American singer and actor
Eric Victor Burdon, English 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 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 Kyle Szmanda, 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 Roberts, American actor
Eric Meyers, voice actor
Eric Idle, British comedian and actor
Eric Stough, American animation director, producer and voice actor
Eric Cowell (b. 2014), son of English TV and music producer Simon Cowell
Eric Richard, English actor ('The Bill', British television series)
Eric Faulkner, Scottish musician

Pop Culture References for the name Eric

Eric Northman, character on TV's "True Blood"
Eric Finch, character in "V for Vendetta"
Eric Jackson, character in "The 100"
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, character 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
Prince Eric, character in animated movie "Barbie in the Nutcracker"

Eric's International Variations

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


zulqarnayen Says:


simflower important

Sim flower Says:


i don't think so... i mean, columbine

bethlena Says:


I love Eric because of Eric Lloyd, who played Charlie Calvin in The Santa Clause. The Santa Clause is my favourite movie, so perhaps I am biased!

JulesBerry Says:


This is my husband's name and I love it. It's strong, the meaning is wonderful, and it's got a lot of history!

headintheclouds Says:


I'm always surprised at how olden Eric is as a name, yet how it also sounds very boy-next-door and modern for today. It is quite a common and popular name, but I still quite like Eric- it has an appealing sound, + is strong and regal. Eric occupies the same space of opinion for me as Dylan (they make good brother names!).

cabosanmucus Says:


If Eric is too common, I like Alaric or Emeric. ;)

niteowl13 Says:


Now that True Blood is over, I bet fans of the show will be using this name. since people won't immediately make the connection. Plus, names with a Viking vibe seem to be in fashion.