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Meaning and Origin of Eric

Eric is a popular and classic male name with origins in Old Norse. The name is derived from the Old Norse name Eiríkr, which is composed of two parts: "ei" meaning "ever" or "always," and "ríkr," which means "ruler" or "king." Therefore, the name Eric signifies "eternal ruler" or "ever powerful."

The name Eric has been used throughout history by various cultures and is widely recognized in many languages. In English-speaking countries, the name is often spelled as "Erik" or "Erich" in some European countries like Germany. Its popularity can be attributed to its strong meaning and easy pronunciation in various languages.

Several famous people with the name Eric include:

1. Eric Clapton - An English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known for being one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
2. Eric Cantona - A former French footballer and actor, known for his time at Manchester United and his impact on English football.
3. Eric Idle - An English comedian, actor, and writer, best known as a member of the British comedy group Monty Python.

Overall, Eric is a classic, strong, and timeless name that has been popular across cultures and languages. It is a suitable choice for parents looking for a name with a powerful meaning and a wide-ranging appeal.


22 people with the name Eric voted on their name. Please vote on your name too.


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Suitable names for a sister of Eric are: Phi Khanh, Ayrica, Eve, Kirsten, Mariah. View more suitable names.


Eric occurs in the following categories:
Baby boy names with 4 letters250 namesBoy names beginning with E136 namesBoy names ending in C45 namesBaby boy names with two syllables100 namesNames with most votes100 namesPopular Boy Names of 2023200 names

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Popularity of Eric in the U.S.A.



Eric 62 years old   5-10-2012
Love it
Eric 57 years old   9-12-2012
It's me, I guess. It's the only first name I've ever had.
Eric 55 years old   19-08-2013
It seems very boring to me and doesn't seem memorable.
Eric 63 years old   5-02-2014
I love my name and I smile when I meet others named Eric.
Eric 52 years old   8-06-2014
Eric and Erica are part of the name 'America.'
Eric 64 years old   9-06-2014
good solid name
Eric 57 years old   18-10-2015
Mine was from Eric the Red.
Eric   7-01-2019

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