Eric: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Eric
Origin of the name Eric:
Derived from the Old Norse Eirìkr, a compounding of the elements ei (ever, always) and ríkr (ruler): hence, “eternal ruler.” Var: Aric, Erick, Erik, Irricc.
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Ric; Rick; Rik, E,
Er (pronounced "Air")
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Scandinavian: All powerful ruler. Norse: Eternal ruler. Germanic: Honorable ruler.
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Eric Clapton, English guitarist and singer-songwriter
Eric Darius, jazz saxophonist
Eric Sevareid, American war correspondent
Erik Estrada, American actor (CHiPs)
Eric Staal, Canadian NHL hockey player
Eric Idle, British comedian (Monty Python) and writer.
Erik the Red, Viking explorer
Eriq La Salle, American actor ( ER)
Eric Burdon, English singer-songwriter (The Animals, War.)
Eric Bana, Australian actor.
Eric Stoltz, American actor.
Eric Roberts, American actor.
Eric Dickerson, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back.
Eric Hayes, "Table for 12", father of sextuplets
Eric "EJ" Hayes, "Table for 12", sextuplet
Eric Choi, drummer for the band We Came As Romans
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Eric and the Animals, band
Prince Eric, character in "The Little Mermaid"
Eric/Erec character in Chretien de Troyes's "Erec and Enide"
"Eric's Trip", song by Sonic Youth
Eric/Erik van der Woodsen, character in Gossip Girl series
Eric Northman, character in "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" by Charlaine Harris, and in HBO's "True Blood" TV series
Eric Forman; Name of the son on "That 70's Show" and also a doctor on "House"
Eric Camden, the minister/husband/dad on "7th Heaven"
Eric Cartman, antihero on South Park.
Eric Taylor, football coach on "Friday Night Lights" TV series