Gender: Male Meaning of Eric: "eternal ruler" Origin of Eric: Old Norse Eric's Popularity in 2019: #176

Eric Origin and Meaning

The name Eric is a boy's name of 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.

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Rank in US: #176

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Pop Culture References for the name Eric

Ricky, Erick, Arric, Rick, Erique, Aerric, Aaric, Erek, Aeric, Rikky, Arick, Erric, Arik, Arrick, Eriq, Audrick,

Eric's International Variations

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


SerenaZayne123 Says:


This name reminds me of Eric Cartman.

zulqarnayen Says:


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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.