Erica Name Meaning & Origin

Erica

Pronunciation: EH-ri-kə (key)

Origin of the name Erica:

Feminine form of Eric, the English cognate of the Old Norse Eirikr (honorable ruler).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Ericka, Erika

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Comments and insights on the name Erica: | Edit

Erica is also the Latin and Italian word for Heather as in the Heather flower. The winter Heather as its called is actually an Erica. The reason I am adding this is because my name is Heather and my sisters name is Erica. We both found out this amusing fact a couple of years ago and when when had told our parents they had no clue they had just picked the names at random! So if you're looking for two names maybe for twins that go together in a way but aren't super "matchy- matchy" Heather and Erica might just work for you! We sure enjoy them :)

Personal experiences with the name Erica: | Edit

I have always loved my name because there were so few that I knew growing up. The biggest challenge typically is spelling, most asking if it's with a "c" or a "k," sometimes using both as "Ericka." I like the simple spelling. Most friends and family call me "Er" or "Eri," and my young nephews who are starting to talk have resorted to calling me "Ca Ca"...

I'm an Erica who has certainly become very fond of my name as I've gotten older. I used to think it was a little hard sounding, but have grown to love it! The only spelling issues I get are the odd person asking if it's with a k or a c. I have more trouble with people mishearing the name and have come to accept being called Erin/Sarah/Jessica by people on the phone or that I've just met. But generally, I get good comments about my name. As it's unusual I get people doing the 'I knew an Erica' and on the odd occasion I meet another Erica we both do the 'Oh that's my name too!'.

My name is Erica, i used to not like it because i thought it was boring, but im 16 now i i realize it is pretty and not very common. People misspell it but oh well. I think its very strong and i think it fits me. My middle name in Lynn and i love how it goes with my first name. If it wasn't my name i would definitely name my future daughter Erica.

My name is Erica Ruth. The name flows very well and I enjoy my name! The only down side of being named Erica is that even my aunt spelled my name wrong as Erika. Also, it has been spelled, Ericka. Erica is supposed to mean Queen, another reason I like it. A funny thing my family and I joke about is "America". Erica is in the middle so when people ask my name, I can say "America" and it sounds like "I'm Erica" :) It has enough youth to it for a child, but also enough sophistication for an adult, so if you are worrying about the name later on in life, you shouldn't! If you are a mom to be looking for the perfect name, Erica is definitely a great fit. :)

My name is also Erica and I have the exact same opinion as Erica Ruth. My name also gets misspelled frequently, something I embraced as a child but and now see it as an annoyance. I do love my name and wouldn't change it. Defiantly a good choice for a new person!

My name is Erica Michelle & I love my name. Yes, it has been around forever but I honestly don't know that many other people w/the same name. When I was younger I didn't think Erica was a good grown up name so I wanted to be called Michelle which didn't please my parents. But now that I'm older (& wiser) I realize that Erica is a great "grown up" name. I wouldn't change anything about my name & I no longer want to be called Michelle. Just like any other "Erica" my name often gets misspelled w/either Erika or Ericka. Of course I think my spelling is the best. I've also been called Jessica, Sarah/Sara, & Erin on the phone several times. But it is what it is. I don't let that stuff bother me. And I've been asked a time or 2 if I was named after Erica Kane from All My Children & my answer is maybe. HAHAHA

My name is also Erica Michelle, and I was named after Erica Kane from All My Children! Whenever I need a fun fact, I say that I was named after a soap opera character. I like my name, but I sometimes wish I had a more mature sounding name. However, I do like that I don't run into very many other Ericas. I've gotten used to being called Jessica...to the point that I'll answer to it.

I too, have been asked about the spelling of my name being with a C or a K, but not to the point of it being a nuisance. The funniest thing I've seen is "Airwrecka". Now that's some creative spelling! I didn't like my name very much growing up; I didn't think it was "pretty enough", but now that I'm 30 I appreciate that I've only ever met 3 other Erica's. I think that's pretty notable. It has also made way for some pretty funny nicknames as well. I think most Erica's are fun loving, sweet, laid back, friendly, and cool.

Nicknames for Erica: | Edit

Eureka, Bajerica, Erka, Irk, America, Irka, Eeka, Eri, Enrique, Erica Berika is what my mom calls me sometimes for fun, Erry, Ricki, Echo, Eka (pr. eck-uh) Rica, Ricka
Merica, Edica, Smercky, Ercky, Ercules (like Hercules without the H), Erica Bearica Lynn Bin Dot (you're so cute... no I'm not!)

Meanings and history of the name Erica: | Edit

From the German, meaning "honorable ruler". Also from the Scandinavian, meaning "ever-powerful", and from the Teutonic, meaning "powerful, regal, flower".

Ever powerful & regal.

Also, a variety of the heather plant.

Famous real-life people named Erica: | Edit

Erica Durance, Canadian actress known for playing Lois Lane in the TV series "Smallville"
Erykah Badu, musician

Erica in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Erica With the Windy Yellow Hair," song
"Erica" is a name listed in Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" song
"Erica, why, why, why?", song from Dominica, West Indies
Erica Kane from the soap opera "All My Children"
"Being Erica," Canadian TV series
Erica Reyes, from MTV's Teen Wolf, played by Gage Golightly
Erica was the name given to Monica and Chandler's baby girl after the birth-mother. It's at the very end of the TV Series "Friends".

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