Éric is very clear about what he wants from life and uses all the means at his disposal to achieve it. Although deep down he is quite a conventional person, and even conservative, 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 Eiríkr, derived from the elements ei “ever, always” and ríkr “ruler”.
Origin of the name Erik
The origin comes from the Old Norse name Eiríkr , derived from the elements ei “ever, always” and ríkr “ruler”. One notable bearer was Eiríkr 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.
The name Eric in other languages
- Erik or Erick in English
- Eric in Swedish
- Eric in German
- Henry in Spanish
- Erik in Catalan
Celebrities named Eric
- Erik Thorvaldsson, nicknamed “The Red” because of the color of his hair, was the Norwegian explorer who discovered Greenland.
- Eric Fromm, German philosopher.
- Eric Dane, actor
- Eric Bana, musician
- Eric Clapton, musician
- Eric Abidal, soccer player
- Eric Holder, American Judge
Eric’s Saint’s Day
Saint Eric’s Day is May 18. Eric IX died 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 number 5 . People with this name have a deep desire for travel and adventure, wanting to set their own pace in life without being ruled by tradition. They are individual people who like things their own way.
Éric is very clear about what he wants from life and uses all the means at his disposal to achieve it. Although deep down he is quite a conventional person, and even conservative, he likes to appear original.
Popularity of the first name Eric
Eric, the most popular Scandinavian boy’s name in the US , peaked in popularity in the 1970s and has been on the decline ever since. Be careful if you ever decide to move to Sweden, where Eric is still a very popular boy’s name.
Very popular name in Catalonia, not so in the rest of Spain. It is an unpopular name in other Spanish-speaking countries such as Argentina and Colombia.