Name: Eric

Gender: Male

Usage: Eric, of Norse origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.

People having the name Eric are in general originating from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States of America.

For another variant of the name Eric across the world, see Erica.

Meaning:

  • Eternal ruler
  • Honorable ruler

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The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 8.

Interpretation:
Qualities: Leader, Visionary
Ruling planet: Saturn
Colors: Black, Purple
Gemstones: Ruby, Amethyst

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The name Eric is ranked on the 16th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.

We estimate that there are at least 10924100 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.15% of the population. The name Eric has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.

The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Eric for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:

The name day of Eric is 18 May.

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The given name Eric, or Erik, is derived from the Old Norse name Eiríkr (or Eríkr in Eastern Scandinavia due to monophthongization). The first element, ei- is derived either from the older Proto-Norse *aina(z) meaning "one" or "alone" or from Proto-Norse *aiwa(z) meaning "ever" or "eternal". The second element -ríkr derives either from *rík(a)z meaning "ruler" or "prince" (cf. Gothic reiks) or from an even older Proto-Germanic *ríkiaz which meant "powerful" and "rich". The name is thus usually taken to mean "one ruler", "autocrat", "eternal ruler" or "ever powerful," "warrior", and "government".

The most common spelling in Scandinavia is Erik. In Norway, another form of the name (which has kept the Old Norse diphthong) Eirik is also commonly used. In Finland, the form Erkki is also used. The modern Icelandic version is Eiríkur, while the modern Faroese version is Eirikur. Éric [eʁik] is used in French, and in Germany Eric, Erik and Erich are used.

Although the name was in use in Anglo-Saxon England [When?], its use was reinforced by Scandinavian settlers arriving before the Norman Invasion. It was an uncommon name in England until the Middle Ages, when it gained popularity, and finally became a common name in the 19th century. This was partly because of the publishing of the novel Eric, or, Little by Little by Frederick William Farrar in 1858.

In Norway, Sweden and Finland, the name day for Erik and Eirik is 18 May, commemorating the death of Saint Eric of Sweden.

The feminine derivative is Erica or Erika.


English: of Old Norse origin, composed of the elements ei ever, always or einn one, alone + ríkr ruler. It was introduced into Britain by Scandinavian settlers before the Conquest and was occasionally used during the Middle Ages and later. The surname Herrick derives from it. As a modern given name it was revived in the mid-19th century.
Cognates: German: Erich. Swedish: Erik (the most common male name given in Sweden in 1973); Jerk(er). Norwegian: Eirik. Finnish: Erkki, Eero.

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