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Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Powerful

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Eric

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Eric in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Eric:

  • Records indicate that 858,303 boys in the United States have been named Eric since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1970, when 23,554 people in the U.S. were given the name Eric. Those people are now 49 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Eric

    93% Approval Rating
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      13 Positive Comments

  • "I was born in 2001, and know very few fellow Erics, I like the name due to how unique it is. My only complaint is that it sounds similar to Aaron, which is a much more popular name." Dec. 23, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "its been easy but many spell my name as erik which is wrong" Nov. 19, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eric is still a highly popular name in French-speaking countries. In Costa Rica Eric was a popular name for babies born in the 60's 70's and 80's.Universal, simple and elegant name!" Jan. 8, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom told me she had two reasons for naming me Eric. When I was born (1962) she didn't know any Erics, and thought it would be unique. She was surprised by how many Erics I met in school. Also, it is a short enough name that if I turned out to be a bit dim, she figured I could still learn to spell it :)" Nov. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our oldest son is Eric. It just fits him. And even though it is a pretty common name, there aren't that many that go to his school." Jun. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Who cares if it's a common name? I love Eric the same with other common names, like let's say 'Mike'. I hate when people say common names are boring." Apr. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "it's a great name. I named my 1st son Eric. It was really a no brainer, it was just right for him. It sounds strong, tough and manly. Me and my wife are very happy with Eric. It's popular, but we don't care if there are a lot Erics in our neighborhood, and this name cannot be made fun of when our son goes to school!!! Truly is a great boy's name. :P" Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eric, and I like it a lot! There aren't too many people with my name. Back in the 60's/70's era it was very popular. My mom named me it because she liked the name, i like it for the meaning: Powerful!--Although I have seen a trend for Eric' name to come back! Go Eric's!!" Oct. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Many people think that Eric comes from Erik the Red, the Norwegian Viking, but in fact the first Eric was the 13th apostle. His writings were excluded from the Bible because he was black." Oct. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Eric is a great name, but I was born in 1970 and there are enough Eric's in my age group that other people hate the name." Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't think anyone I've met has ever pronounced it wrong though due to the many spellings (Erik, Erick, etc.), it can be slightly irritating, but it only happens in situations such as a crowded Starbucks asking my name for an order. People by large do like my name. One person I know occasionally calls me "Rick" and in reference to my presence at lunch, uses the word "Erictude." I currently attend a school with about 10 Erics, out of roughly 400 students. I've never met an Eric I didn't like. I've never been teased or mocked for having that name." Feb. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eric is a sexy fits most nice looking men so it will fit just right for a baby" Apr. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Eric. I named my son Eric James. He is now seventeen has blonde hair, blue/green eyes and a wonderful smile." Dec. 24, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Every morning I wake up and think "Oh No! Eric's gonna beat me up today!" This name symbolizes a gang leader and killer. Please send help!" Feb. 27, 2018: Report as inappropriate

      11 Neutral Comments

  • "I was born in 1945 and went through elementary and high school never knowing anyone else with that name. My mother named me Eric because of a character she liked in a book. I never liked the name because I never felt like I fit in and therefore was not comfortable with it. In my teenage years I introduced myself as Rick and it fit me. Eric is ok now, but I still prefer Rick." Dec. 17, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Wonderful strong masculine name for a boy. A pillar of strength, a ruler, a businessman. A leader. An artist. Very independent." May. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it mostly because it's not very common (at least I don't think so). Having said that, I found an "Eric Howk" (Band singer) in Seattle that really surpised me...S"INCE THAT'S MY NAME TOO!!!" Good luck Eric." Nov. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Eric, never had a problem with this name, I thank my parents when ever the idea of boys names comes up." Dec. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eric and I like it! I like Erik better but what ever..... Id really liked to be named Sascha in homage to my German acestry." Jan. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eric is a wonderful manly name, that's the reason I named my 1st son Eric." Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The only real spelling of this name, Eric, don't spell it any other way unless you want your kid to be a loser." Dec. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! You can't pronounce it wrong! Just keep that K away from me!" Jul. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Liked my name so much we named our son Eric too. This can make it a little confusing when friends phone especially now that he is older. I still think it's a great name; it can't be shortened (except for "E" which we used for our son)or turned into an "ie" like Stevie or Donnie or Johnnie. Grow an auburn beard and you may be called Eric the Eric and how bad is that? Now if I can get one of my kids to carry on the lineage that would be awesome!!" Apr. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate


  • "A lot of people spell my name with a K instead of a C" Apr. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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