|Related Names:||Frederick, Frederic, Ehrich, Aric, Airic, Eric, Ayrick, Erich|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name Erik is a very commonly used form of the name Eric, which is more common in the US. The name Erik is of Scandinavian origins and came from Germanic peoples in Northern Europe. The two syllables of the name are said to refer to the words for 'eternal' and 'ruler', so the original meaning of the name was 'eternal ruler'. The name meaning has evolved to now be known as Erik (Eric) meaning 'honorable ruler'.
The form Eric is the French version of the Scandinavian/Germanic Erik. Eric is the form that is most common in the US; however, the spelling of Erik is becoming more and more common among Spanish speakers in America, purportedly because of such famous names as Erik Estrada. 
Erik is still quite popular in the US despite the form Eric being more popular than the spelling with a 'k'. Currently, the name Erik is at number 189 on the list of most popular baby names for boys in the US . The spelling Eric is at number 77 on the same list.
As was the case historically, the spelling Erik is still more popular in Europe than in the US. In 1998, Erik was the number one given name for baby boys in Sweden. The name Erik was 24th most popular boys' name in 2003 in Norway and the 58th most popular in Austria in 2004. In Catalonia, the name Erik was 63rd in 2001 and 116th in Canada in 2002. 
- The name Erik is celebrated with a name day on May 18th in Sweden, Estonia and Hungary.
- February 2nd is the national name day for Erik in Slovakia.
- October 26th is the name day for Erik in the Czech Republic. 
- Erik was the name of the origingal 'Phantom of the Opera' who would later become the Phantom in Andrew lloyd Webber's musical and the film made of it. The character was first written by Gaston Leroux in his 1910 novel 'The Phantom of the Opera'.
- Kathy Ireland named her son Erik
- Erik Estrada, actor/entertainer
- Erik Cole, professional hockey player
- Erik Axel Karlfeldt won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1931
- Erik Wallenberg invented the TetraPak
- Erik Sullivan, actor/entertainer
- Erik Thomson, actor/entertainer
- Erik James Kemps, noted outdoorsman
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Author: Rachel Hanson
|Meaning||honorable ruler +|
|Meaningnc||honorable ruler +|
|Rank in 2000s||170 +|
|Related||Frederick +, Frederic +, Ehrich +, Aric +, Airic +, Eric +, Ayrick +, and Erich +|