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Gender: Female Pronunciation: EH-rick-ah Meaning of Erica: "eternal ruler" Origin of Erica: Norse, feminine form of Eric Erica's Popularity in 2017: #831

The name Erica is a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "eternal ruler". Erica is ranked #831 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibling Spelling Game".

From the experts:

The straightforward Erica is a Norse feminization that was long associated with the complex, mega-popular character Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci for decades on the soap opera All My Children. Used in Scandinavia since the early eighteenth century, where it was usually spelled Erika, it was in the Top 50 girls' list in the USA in the 1970s and eighties.

It is worth noting that Erica is also a flower name, in which sense it is its own name, rather than a feminisation.

The most prominent bearer of the name in recent times is novelist Erica Jong, author of the influential Fear of Flying.

Find other names based on Erica using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Erica

Erica Jong, American author
Erica Hubbard, American actress
Erica Durance, Canadian actress
Erica Packer, Australian singer and model
Erica Rose, American swimmer
Erica Tremblay, Canadian actress
Erica Campbell, American model
Erica Atkins-Campbell, American singer
Erica Hill, American journalist
Erica Luttrell, Canadian actress
Erica Simone Barnett, American Broadway actress
Erica Pereira, American ballerina
Erica Carroll, Canadian actress
Erica Wester, artist and creator of 2013 short film "Welcome to Hell" and the comic of the same name
Erica Andrews (born Eddie Salazar), Mexican drag and beauty queen

Pop Culture References for the name Erica

Erica Kane, character on American soap "All My Children"
Erica Hahn, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Erica Bing, daughter of Chandler and Monica on TV's "Friends"
Erica Harrington, character in the "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series
Erica Stoltz, character in movie "The Yards"
Erica Jones, character from "My Babysitter's a Vampire"
Erica Goldberg, character on TV's "The Goldbergs"
Erica Reyes, character on MTV's "Teen Wolf"
Erica, character in the "St Clare" series by Enid Blyton
Erica Cartwright, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Erica, genus of winter heather
Erica "Yoga Jones" Jones, character on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
Erica Farrell, character on the original Degrassi TV series
Erica Fontaine, character in the Sakura Taisen series
Erica Hartmann, character in anime "Strike Witches"
Erica Goldberg, character in "The Goldbergs"
Erica Strange, main character on Canadian TV series "Being Erica"
Erica Yurken, main character in "Hating Alison Ashley" by Robin Klein
Erica Davidson, character on Australian TV series "Prisoner"
Erica Hale, character in book series "Spy School"


Leonina Says:


I love the name Erica. Good, strong and feminine name. And the flowers are lovely :)

Erica Says:


Ricky is a very cute nickname.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Yes. I would spell it Ricki to give it a feminine touch. It's super cute.

TheVVGirl02 Says:


Does anyone else think Ricky would be a cute nickname

indiefendi2 Says:


in my old school alone I can recall three Ericas. I think one spelled it Erika though.

Austine0923 Says:


I'm an Erica and the only issue I've ever run into is correcting the spelling. I'm usually the only Erica in a group, but it's a common enough name that people know it. I also appreciate that it's a name in so many languages so that when I travel the people I meet can pronounce it (Japan, Germany, Norway, Spain, Peru, etc.).

paulapuddephatt Says:


I haven't met 15. I'm trying to remember whether I've even met one. I guess it depends where you live. I do see the name a fair bit online and in general, so I get that it must be super popular in some areas.

indiefendi2 Says:


I would love Erica if I haven't met like 15 of them.

rdaniel Says:


I adore this name. Unfortunately my fiance doesn't. :(

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I definitely prefer this spelling, and I'm growing more and more fond of feminizations :) very pretty and distinct.

Daiseymae Says:


I agree with you. I have always thought Erica was a beautiful name.

e_flynn Says:


My name is Erica, and I've always really liked it. It's just uncommon enough to be interesting but not so much to be weird (I'm 31). Most people will associate the 'k' spelling with a German background, whereas the 'c' spelling is more Norse/Scandinavian. I'm obviously biased, but I much prefer the 'c'. :)

EryGasai Says:


Same here :-)

novelist_ Says:


I much prefer Erika with a K.