Quick Facts on Erika
- German, Nordic, Slavic
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Eternal ruler, ever powerful
Etymology & Historical Origin - Erika
Erika is the preferred spelling within Germany, most of Scandinavia and Slavic countries. This name is the female equivalent of the Scandinavian male name Erik 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 Erik (with a “k” instead of a “c”), Erika seems to be the more popular spelling among Nordic and Slavic people, as well as within Germany. Interestingly, Erika is also a popular name in Spain and the autonomous region of Catalonia. Then again, the Iberian Peninsula was occupied by several Germanic tribes throughout the course of its history, first the Vandals and then the Visigoths most notably, and therefore influenced by names of Germanic and/or Nordic origins (the Norsemen were a North Germanic tribe themselves). Erica tends to be the Latinized and Western European spelling of the name, while Erika is more common among Eastern Europeans. We are also compelled to mention a historically notorious Nazi Germany military marching song called “Erika” first composed in the 1930s and used widely during WWII. If you can separate yourself from the song’s propaganda origins during the most shameful period of Germany’s history, the lyrics are actually quite lovely. “On the heath a little flower blooms and it's called: Erika. / Hot from a hundred thousand little bees that swarm over Erika / because her heart is full of sweetness.”
Popularity of the Name Erika
Erika has very closely shadowed her more popular sister Erica on the American female naming charts for the last sixty-odd years. Erica first appeared in 1945; Erika made her debut in 1957. Both names climbed the charts as the years progressed, with Erika always trailing in popularity. Nonetheless, Erika has seen impressive usage in her own right. The name became a Top 100 favorite name choice among American parents for their little girls during the 1980s and early 1990s. Both Erica and Erika have fallen substantially on the charts since the turn of the 21st century, but if you look at their popularity combined, the name is quite a bit more popular than first meets the eye. Erika is a strong (almost harsh) Germanic name with Old Norse beginnings. Like the Vikings of her people, Erika is a name of fortitude and ‘eternal power’. It has an Eastern European sensibility and pragmatism. Erika is no wall-flower or shrinking violet. She’s an Eight in numerology – which has everything to do with power.
Popularity of the Girl Name Erika
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Erika
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Erika
Erika Berger (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Erika Berger is a secondary character in Stieg Larsson’s popular three-part book series beginning with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. She is Mikael Blomkvist's long-time lover and also his boss at the newspaper Millennium. Although she herself is married, we learn that Erika’s husband turns a blind eye to her affair with Blomkvist understanding he must accept the insatiable attraction each has for the other. Erika is strong, smart, sexy fearless, powerful and pretty unconventional (as evidenced by her open extramarital affair). Other women with whom Blomkvist gets involved find her threatening and intimidating – so it’s probably by no mistake that the author chose Erika for the name of this character. He needed a powerful name for a powerful woman.
Popular Songs on Erika
Erika - a German march song
Erika with the Windy Yellow Hair - a song by Mary Travers
Children's Books on the Baby Name Erika
Erika's Story (Ruth Vander Zee) - The searing, beautiful illustrations of acclaimed artist Roberto Innocenti capture the fear, love, and sadness of a Holocaust survivor's tale in this story of a Jewish couple who make a heart-rending decision so that their infant daughter might live. Based on a true story. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Erika-San (Allen Say) - Caldecott Medalist Allen Say creates a beautiful story about an American girl who seeks adventure in Japan and discovers more than she could have imagined. In her grandmother’s house there is one Japanese print of a small house with lighted windows. Even as a small girl, Erika loved that picture. It will pull her through childhood, across vast oceans and modern cities, then into towns—older, quieter places—she has only ever dreamed about. But Erika cannot truly know what she will find there, among the rocky seacoasts, the rice paddies, the circle of mountains, and the class of children. For Erika-san, can Japan be all that she has imagined? Recommended for ages 5-8.
The Adventures of Sam and Erika (Angela Preuss) - The adventures of a nine year old detective named Sam and his little sister, Erika with a talent for solving mysteries. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Erika
Famous People Named Erika - Erika Christensen (actress); Erika Alexander (actress); Erika Eleniak (actress/model)
Children of Famous People Named Erika
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Erika - Bill Cosby (actor/comic)
Erika - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Erika - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Erika.
Personality of the Girl Name Erika
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Erika