Forever, Alone, Ruler

Eric Name Information

Gender 🧑 Boy
Pronunciation 📣 \e-ric\
Number in U.S 👶 884,000
Rate in 2021 352
Numerology 🔢 8
Name origin 🌍 English

Eric Name Meaning

The name Eric meanings and origins

The name Eric has been used as a masculine given name all around the world. This means “ always ruler “ or “ forever ruler “. The given name has been derived from a Norse word which is “ Eirikir “ which means “ sole ruler “ or “ ever powerful “.  The name Eric is originally Old Norse. There are several theories about the meaning of the given name in different cultures.

This name has been used as a boy’s name in Germany and also popular in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The name Eric is a unique name and has been given to members of royalty. Although it is mentioned that this name has mostly given to boys, but families can select “ Eric “ as child’s name of any gender. If you are considering this name as a girl’s name, you can select the feminine version of this name such as “ Erica “ or “ Erika “.

The name Eric has been used as a nickname for the name “ Fredric “, but you can also select a nickname for the name “ Eric “.


Popularity of the name Eric

This name is a name with a historical background behind itself. Also this name is popular in the religions of Europe. The name experienced a surge in popularity in the 19th century. Also Eric is the 198th most common name for boys in the United States based on the data given by the reliable resource.

From the mixed sixties in the Unites States, the name Eric enjoyed the most popularity. The peak of Eric’s popularity was in the year 1970. In that year the name was given to 23574 babies. In the last 2 decades the name was one of the most common names, but it is not as popular as in was before.


Variations of the name Eric

There are other forms of the given name in different languages, such as

Arick which is originally English

Eerick which is originally Estonian

Eirik which is originally Norwegian

Eirikur which is originally Icelandic


Erico which is originally Portuguese

Erikas which is originally Lithuanian 

Eryk which is originally Polish


Personality of the name Eric

If you are named Eric, people perceive you as someone who is full of life, uplifting, inspiring and charming. You can be shining in the hardest position, you are intelligent, easygoing and independent; You are able to make decisions by yourself. You actually do not need anybody. Other people find you as someone who is an attractive person.


Famous people named Eric

Names bellow, are people who have influenced the name Eric’s popularity positively.

Eric Andre who is an American comedian

Eric Bana who is an Australian actor

Eric Bazilian who is an American songwriter and artist

Eric Burdon who is an English singer

Eric Clapton who is an English guitarist, songwriter and artist


Similar names to the name Eric

You can select the name bellow as Eric’s siblings

Ava, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Emma and Lily.

Eric Name Origin and History

Eric is very clear about what he wants from life and uses all the means at his disposal to achieve it. Although he is a fairly conventional and even conservative person at heart, he likes to appear original.
This common Norse name was first brought to England by Danish settlers during the Anglo-Saxon period. It was not popular in England in the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century, partly due to the children's novel "Eric, or Little by Little" (1858) by Frederic William Farrar. Eric is a boy's name.

What does Eric mean?
From the old Norse name Eirikr, derived from the elements ei "ever, always" and rikr "ruler ".

Origin of the name Eric
The origin comes from the old Norse name Eirikr, derived from the elements ei "ever, always" and rikr "ruler" . A notable bearer was Eirikr inn Rauda (Eric the Red in English), a 10th-century navigator and explorer who discovered Greenland. This was also the name of several early kings of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

Saint Eric's Day

Saint Eric's Day is May 18th. Eric IX died on May 18, 1160, also called Eric the Saint, Saint Eric, Eric the Lawgiver, was a Swedish king c. 1156-60. The Roman martyrology of the Catholic Church names him a saint remembered on May 18. He is the founder of the House of Eric which ruled Sweden with interruptions from c. 1156 to 1250.

Numerology and personality of the name Eric
Eric's number is the number 5. People with this name have a deep desire to travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being ruled by tradition. They are individual people who like things their own way.

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3/22/2023 3:30:14 PM

I think Eric is a great name, but I was born in 1982 and there are enough Eric's in my age group that other people hate the name.

3/14/2023 4:25:36 AM


3/12/2023 5:44:52 PM

my father and brother are named Erick and Eric is my husband's name and we just found out we are having a boy in July and he will be Eric the 2nd

2/19/2023 6:01:20 PM

This is my boyfriend's name, and very fitting. He is a leader, resourceful, well liked by all, kind, handsome, and intelligent among many other wonderful things. :) I have never met an Eric that I didn't like.

2/10/2023 7:11:22 PM

My boyfriend of 9 years is also named Eric. He is very intelligent, charismatic, handsom and charming. He is extremely patient with me and genuinely cares what I think. My brother's name is also Eric. He is very popular and a wonderful father to his 3 boys.

1/21/2023 12:09:58 AM

I was born in 1960 and went through elementary and high school never knowing anyone else with that name. My mother named me Eric because of a character'she liked in a book. I never liked the name because I never felt like I fit in and therefore was not comfortable with it. In my teenage years I introduced myself as Rick and it fit me. Eric is ok now, but I still prefer Rick.

1/8/2023 11:31:04 AM

Many people think that Eric comes from Erik the Red, the Norwegian Viking, but in fact the first Eric was the 13th apostle. His writings were excluded from the Bible because he was black.

1/3/2023 4:15:50 AM

the only reason i like this name is because my mother was named this

12/5/2022 9:05:12 PM

I like it mostly because It's not very common (at least I don't think so). Having said that, I found an "Eric Howk" (Band singer) in Seattle that really surpised me...S"INCE THAT'S MY NAME TOO!!!" Good luck Eric.

11/17/2022 7:00:46 PM

I love the name Eric. I named my son Eric James. He is now seventeen has blonde hair, blue/green eyes and a wonderful smile.

11/14/2022 7:50:32 AM

its been easy but many spell my name as erik which is wrong

11/4/2022 7:08:50 AM

Eric is not a danish name, but Erik is...

10/19/2022 6:26:48 AM

I love this name!!!!! It is very common but can fit alot of people!!!!!!!!! When i have my baby I'm going to name him......ERIC!!!!!!!!!! love you!

10/11/2022 3:35:54 AM

It's a great name. I named my 1st son Eric. It was really a no brainer, it was just right for him. It'sounds strong, tough and manly. Me and my wife are very happy with Eric. It's popular, but we don't care if there are a lot Erics in our neighborhood, and this name cannot be made fun of when our son goes to school!!! Truly is a great boy's name. :P

10/5/2022 2:10:22 PM

also my boyfriends name... he's so attractive in many ways, yet unique for this common name if i have a boy i will name him eric

9/28/2022 7:18:32 AM

I fit my name quite well and I love it, wouldn't change it for the world.

9/18/2022 7:15:04 PM

Wondering if I'm the oldest Kayli...born in 1997. I was named after an 80's song called Kaleigh by Marillion. Its a really che'sy song but its kinda cool. You should google it :)

9/7/2022 1:45:18 PM

Eric is a sexy fits most nice looking men so it will fit just right for a baby

8/23/2022 10:02:24 AM

A lot of people spell my name with a K instead of a C

5/27/2022 9:12:00 PM

I met ERIC my freshmen year...i thought he was sooo FINE when i saw him..he is kind,well known by everyone,very intelligent,and he means the world to me......I LUV HIM!

1/12/2022 6:26:24 PM

My name is Eric and I like it! I like Erik better but what ever..... Id really liked to be named Sascha in homage to my German acestry.

12/18/2021 9:03:00 AM

My name is Eric, and I like it a lot! There aren't too many people with my name. Back in the 60's/70's era it was very popular. My mom named me it because she liked the name, i like it for the meaning: Powerful!--Although I have seen a trend for Eric' name to come back! Go Eric's!!

12/2/2021 12:30:54 AM

My name is Eric. I knew and ?Irek? at the Bronx H.S. of Science. As pretentious as you would expect with that bogus spelling.

10/28/2021 10:30:18 PM

Who dices up the name Carey and turns it into Carie, honestly


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Frequently asked questions

*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Eric?
The origin of the name Eric is English.
*️⃣ What is meaning of name Eric?
Forever, Alone, Ruler
*️⃣ How many people are named Eric?
Almost 884000 people are named Eric.
*️⃣ Which names are related to the name Eric?
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