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Eric Meaning


What does Eric mean?

The name Eric is of Scandinavian origin.

The meaning of Eric is "ruler of all".

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "eternal ruler".

Eric is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 4 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced E-ric.

The Given Name Eric

Embraced by many parents, the name Eric, is one of timelessness and grace.

Bold yet luminous, the name is a great blend of character and flair.

Eric is also great as a middle name.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Eric Balfour, Eric Bana, and Eric Betzig.

Eric Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 160 in baby name popularity for boys with 2,389 occurrences. Less than 5 girls were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 143 in baby name popularity for boys with 2,764 occurrences. Less than 5 girls were given the name.

The trend's your friend. See how Eric has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Eric Name Popularity Page.

Eric Related Names

Variants of the name Eric include Aric, Arik, Arrick, Erek, Erick.

The names Eerikki, Eero, Eirik, Erica, Erich, Erico, Erik, Erkki are all forms of Eric.

Famous Erics

  • Eric Balfour ~ Actor
  • Eric Bana ~ Actor
  • Eric Betzig ~ Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2014
  • Eric Bogosian ~ Actor
  • Eric Christian Olsen ~ Actor
  • Eric Clapton ~ Rock Musician
  • Eric Dane ~ Actor
  • Eric Dickerson ~ Football Player
  • Eric F. Wieschaus ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1995
  • Eric Idle ~ Actor
  • Eric IX of Sweden ~ Saint
  • Eric Kandel ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 2000
  • Eric Mabius ~ Actor
  • Eric Maskin ~ Nobel Prize for Economics 2007
  • Eric McCormack ~ Actor
  • Eric Roberts ~ Actor
  • Eric Stoltz ~ Actor
  • Eric Tie Bi ~ Soccer Player
  • Eric Viscaal ~ Soccer Player
  • Eric Winter ~ Actor

Eric Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Eric.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Eric Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Eric in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Eric.

Just for fun, see the name Eric in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Eric in Nautical Flags page.