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Pronunciation

ɛrɪk

Origin

English, German, Spanish, Scandinavian

Meaning

An uncommon name in English-speaking countries until the Middle Ages, the cute little name Eric only really took off after the book 'Eric, or, Little by Little' by Frederick William Farrar in 1858. In that story, Eric is a noble and moral little boy until he falls into naughty ways, regaining the straight path when he learns to seek help! There are 3 spellings of Eric, where the ending changes between -c, -k, and ck, and where this -c ending is the elegant French form.

Rank in the year 2015

Eric was ranked #236 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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