Gender: Female Pronunciation: EH-rick-ah Meaning of Erica: "eternal ruler" Origin of Erica: Norse, feminine form of Eric

Erica Origin and Meaning

The name Erica is a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "eternal ruler".

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.

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nika11 Says:


I've always liked the name Erica. It's known, but not common (I think I've only known one Erica in my life?) I'm surprised it isn't more popular, with Emily being super common. It's a nice, unusual alternate for a short E name and I think it has a nice sound to it. It may have been more popular in the past few decades, but I don't think it ever got popular enough. it doesn't sound dated to me like michelle, jennifer, etc

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.