Quick Facts on Erica
- Latin, Nordic
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Eternal ruler, ever powerful
Etymology & Historical Origin - Erica
Erica is the feminine equivalent of the Scandinavian male name Eric which hails from the Old Norse Eirik. Eirik is derived from the North Germanic element “ei” (meaning ‘ever, always’) and “ríkr” (meaning ‘ruler’). The masculine name was introduced to England by Scandinavian settlers during the Viking Age (8th to 12th centuries); although, the female version of the name wasn’t coined until the 18th century. Like Eric (with a “c” instead of a “k”), Erica is more popular among English speakers while Erika is used more typically within Scandinavian countries. Incidentally, “Erica” is also the Latin word for ‘heather’ and is the genus for hundreds of flowering plants most commonly known as heather in the English language.
Popularity of the Name Erica
The name Erica fist appeared on the female naming charts in the middle of the 20th century – in 1945 to be specific. The name slowly climbed the charts to low-moderate popularity and then really took off in usage by the late 1960s. In 1972 Erica became a Top 100 favorite girl’s name in the United States. But she wouldn’t stop there. This “ever powerful” beauty would land a spot on the Top 50 list for 17 straight years (between 1977 and 1993). The heyday of Erica’s popularity came between 1986 and 1988 when she was ranked the 31st most used American girl’s name. Her status during the 1980s certainly coincided with the ϋber-popularity of the widely watch soap opera “All My Children” which featured prominently a headstrong and naughty character named Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci). Three parts vixen, one part villain, two parts heroine, the beautiful and notorious Erica Kane is arguably the most popular fictional character in soap opera history. It’s not surprising that the usage of the name Erica had some pop-culture influence embedded in this Pine Valley resident. Today, Erica has dropped significantly in popularity since her glory days and is now retreating into the shadows. Nevertheless, Erica is a beautiful, strong and no-nonsense name. It’s a great choice for parents of Swedish or Scandinavian descent (although Erika with a “k” is more true to these origins). The name has a strong sound and an eternally powerful meaning. It’s just one of those names you simply can’t go wrong with.
Popularity of the Girl Name Erica
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Erica
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Erica
Erica We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Erica.
Popular Songs on Erica
Erica - a song by Ann Beretta
Erica - a song by Dead Celebrity Status
Children's Books on the Baby Name Erica
Erica - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Erica.
Famous People Named Erica
Famous People Named Erica - Erica Jong (writer); Erica Durance (actress)
Children of Famous People Named Erica
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Erica - Mister T (actor)
Erica - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Erica - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Erica.
Personality of the Girl Name Erica
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Erica