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Quick Facts on Erik

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 310
Simple meaning:
Eternal Ruler, ever powerful

Characteristics of Erik

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Erik

Erik is the most common spelling in the Scandinavian countries. The name ultimately comes from the Old Norse Eirik. Eirik is derived from the North Germanic “ei” (meaning ‘ever, always’) and “ríkr” (meaning ‘ruler’). The name was introduced to England by Scandinavian settlers during the Viking Age (8th to 12th centuries); although, the name didn’t become wide-spread until the 19th century. While the English-speaking countries have traditionally spelled the name Eric, the Scandinavians, particularly in Sweden, favor Erik with a “k”. Erik/Eric was borne by many Scandinavian kings and powerful Viking warriors. Erik is also a top name in Norway, Belgium, and Hungary. In the United States and Canada, Eric (with a “c”) is the favored spelling.

Popularity of the Name Erik

The name Erik is the third and last most favored spelling in the United States, after Eric and Erick. Erik with a “k” is, however, the most true-to-its-origin spelling. This is how they spell Erik in the Nordic countries where the name was created in the first place. Erik first appeared on the U.S. naming charts in 1940, well after his brothers Eric and Erick. However, this spelling variation of the name has still done quite well in America. It climbed the charts shadowing the most popular Eric. In 1971, Erik became a Top 100 choice as a boy’s name where it stayed for almost 25 straight years. Since the turn of the 21st century, Erik has been on a declining trend. However, if you combine the usage of all three spellings (Eric, Erick and Erik), the name is really a Top 100 favorite still. Erik has a strong and powerful resonance. Erik sounds like a guy’s guy. Scandinavian names are all about Old Norse legends of strength, fortitude and victory. We feel this in the names we borrowed from them and then adopted as our own. Erik is probably one of the truest examples of this. It’s a risk-free and confident choice for any little boy.
Popularity of the Boy Name Erik
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Erik

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Erik

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Erik

    Erik (The Phantom of the Opera) Erik is the titular character of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera (which, of course, has had many incarnations in other novels, in films and in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical of the same name). Erik has been born with a cruel and hideous deformity. As a young boy, he runs away from his family and joins a freak show, where he develops into a master magician and ventriloquist. He is also a musical composer with an unearthly beautiful voice – and – in addition to all this - a side talent for architecture. His fame spreads to Persia, and the Shah sends for him and bids him to build an elaborate palace for him. So pleased is the Shah by the result that he orders Erik’s execution so that he may never build another for anyone else. Erik escapes and makes his way to France, where he works on the construction of the Paris Opera House, managing to build secret chambers and passageways for himself. It is here where he falls in love with the beautiful singer Christine Daae. She, hearing him from outside her dressing room, thinks she is hearing the “Angel of Music” her father had told her about, and grows into an accomplished singer under his tutelage. All this while, she is rekindling a relationship with a childhood friend, the handsome and wealthy Raoul, Viscount of Chagny. Erik kidnaps Christine in the hopes that she will come to love him, and she is beginning to have feelings for him when she unmasks him and sees him in his true state. Erik is jealous and humiliated, but he allows Christine to go, after she had, in fact, agreed to marry him in order to save her beloved Raoul. All the Phantom asks is that Christine bury him when he dies. She gives him his first kiss, and her promise, and she fulfills this promise three weeks later when Erik dies of a broken heart. Though he is a tortured soul, whose self-loathing has rendered him capable of deceptions and murders, our poor Erik is also a victim of Fate’s random arrows. In the end, he rises above his baser self and allows Christine to leave and his other intended victims to live. There is nothing left for him but to die. If all of this is just too much to take on for a name for a little child – rest assured. In the novel, we are told, “Erik” is not the Phantom’s real birth name, but one assumed later.

  • Popular Songs on Erik

    Popular Songs on Erik

    Erik - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Erik.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Erik

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Erik

    Erik and the Fleapit (Debra Stuttard) - When Erik stumbles over the garden wall plastered with mud, his clothes torn and his trainers ruined with half the neighborhood dogs baying at his heels, Dad is less than impressed. When the dogs proceed to ruin Dad's prize begonias and the nosy neighbor gets soaked with a power hose, Dad starts to get angry, but Erik's problems are just beginning. Crazy scientists, dog-nappers and shadowy characters in long white coats abound, and Erik and best friend Joe are stuck right in the middle. All they wanted was to help out at the dogs' home, but they got a lot more than they bargained for. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Erik the Red (Earle Rice Jr.) - Few people recall the name of Eirik Thorvaldsson, who began life in Jaederen, Norway, around 950. When he was nine years old, his father killed a man or maybe two and was forced to flee with his family to Iceland. Young Eirik grew up in the harsh environs of that wind-swept isle in the North Atlantic. Harsh lands breed harsh men, and Eirik fit the mold. Like his father before him, he battled with neighbors and killed several men in blood feuds. Banished from Iceland for three years, he sailed west to seek refuge in an unexplored land. After three years in exile, Eirik returned to Iceland with tales of his discoveries in that new land to the west. He called it Greenland to entice others to join him there. Around 985, he sailed west again from Iceland with twenty-five ships of colonists. History records him as the founder of the first European settlement in Greenland and the father of Leif Eriksson. People remember him best as Erik the Red. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Saga of Erik the Viking (Terry Jones) - Erik and his crew go in search of “the land where the sun goes at night.” Along the way they encounter the Old Man of the Sea, whom they outwit three times, a dragon, a magic sword, enchanters, assorted monsters and mythical beasts, and even Death. They are tested in various ways, go over the edge of the world and beneath the bottom of the sea, and fight inner demons as well as outer, until they find the land they seek and discover it is not for them. By turns adventurous, humorous, and philosophical, this is a sort of melancholic Odyssey where they seek to “sail beyond the sunset,” but unlike Odysseus, they are sure at every step that they are doomed. Despite their pessimism, they manage great and heroic deeds, which are dazzlingly illustrated by Foreman. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Erik

    Famous People Named Erik

    Famous People Named Erik - Erik (multiple Scandinavian royalties); Erik Morales (boxer); Érik Comas (racecar driver); Erik Watts (wrestler); Erik Santos (singer/actor); Erik Erikson (psychologist who came up with the term "identity crisis"); Henry Enrique "Erik" Estrada (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Erik

    Children of Famous People Named Erik

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Erik - Kathy Ireland (model/businesswoman)

Personality of the Boy Name Erik

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Erik

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