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What Does The Name Eric Mean?

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Meta Forrest answered
Eric means leader or ruler.
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Eric was originally spelled Erik, and in modern Nordic and Germanic languages it still is. It comes from the Old Norse, ei "always" (or possibly einn, "one" and rikr or "ruler." It was brought to Britain by the Vikings in the 8th and 9th centuries; the modern spelling is the result of French influence. It has always been well known as a name in Britain, without being much used. In the 19th century it came back into fashion, and was particularly popular in the early 20th; now it has a rather old-fashioned flavour in Britain, though it is more used in the US.

Famous Erics include singer and guitarist Eric Clapton. There is a feminine variant, Erica, which came into use in the late 18th century. The fact that Erica is also the Latin word for heather may have increased its popularity, especially when the vogue for nature names started in the 19th century.
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Forever or alone, ruler
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I live in Iceland where a big part of the original name still is my name is Eiríkur= Eric. The Ei is short for eilíft= eternity and ríkur=rich so it says Rich for eternity
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My fathers name is eric so I am guessing that it means loving father or awesome dad:)

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