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873k
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Eric

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Always Ruler
  • #53 All Time
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230k Erica (English)
151k Erik (Scandinavian)
123k Erika (Scandinavian)
68k Erick (German)
< 1k Erix (American)

How popular is the baby name Eric in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 10 0 10
1881 9 0 9
1882 9 0 9
1883 11 0 11
1884 12 0 12
1885 16 0 16
1886 10 0 10
1887 11 0 11
1888 13 0 13
1889 21 0 21
1890 13 0 13
1891 18 0 18
1892 19 0 19
1893 13 0 13
1894 20 0 20
1895 20 0 20
1896 25 0 25
1897 30 0 30
1898 30 0 30
1899 17 0 17
1900 21 0 21
1901 25 0 25
1902 26 0 26
1903 34 0 34
1904 15 0 15
1905 23 0 23
1906 33 0 33
1907 22 0 22
1908 30 0 30
1909 33 0 33
1910 41 0 41
1911 35 0 35
1912 93 0 93
1913 109 0 109
1914 145 0 145
1915 155 0 155
1916 155 0 155
1917 186 0 186
1918 202 0 202
1919 190 0 190
1920 186 0 186
1921 179 0 179
1922 201 0 201
1923 175 0 175
1924 228 0 228
1925 212 0 212
1926 214 0 214
1927 209 0 209
1928 221 0 221
1929 204 0 204
1930 206 0 206
1931 213 0 213
1932 199 0 199
1933 234 0 234
1934 259 0 259
1935 288 0 288
1936 296 0 296
1937 301 0 301
1938 370 0 370
1939 431 0 431
1940 482 0 482
1941 703 0 703
1942 874 7 867
1943 1,171 0 1,171
1944 1,195 0 1,195
1945 1,351 0 1,351
1946 1,823 0 1,823
1947 2,349 5 2,344
1948 2,494 5 2,489
1949 2,774 5 2,769
1950 3,107 10 3,097 #98 boy name
1951 3,670 10 3,660 #93 boy name
1952 4,002 16 3,986 #88 boy name
1953 3,946 12 3,934 #89 boy name
1954 4,179 7 4,172 #89 boy name
1955 4,666 7 4,659 #85 boy name
1956 5,262 13 5,249 #79 boy name
1957 6,638 19 6,619 #60 boy name
1958 8,210 21 8,189 #50 boy name
1959 9,757 33 9,724 #46 boy name
1960 10,557 26 10,531 #44 boy name
1961 11,152 43 11,109 #38 boy name
1962 12,394 41 12,353 #33 boy name
1963 13,324 43 13,281 #31 boy name
1964 14,621 57 14,564 #32 boy name
1965 16,903 68 16,835 #25 boy name
1966 16,559 81 16,478 #25 boy name
1967 17,918 90 17,828 #23 boy name
1968 18,591 79 18,512 #22 boy name
1969 20,899 128 20,771 #21 boy name
1970 23,739 148 23,591 #18 boy name
1971 23,116 137 22,979 #18 boy name
1972 22,162 119 22,043 #16 boy name
1973 20,944 130 20,814 #13 boy name
1974 20,328 139 20,189 #13 boy name
1975 19,944 124 19,820 #13 boy name
1976 21,510 133 21,377 #13 boy name
1977 20,871 124 20,747 #17 boy name
1978 19,926 150 19,776 #16 boy name
1979 20,413 141 20,272 #17 boy name
1980 22,776 153 22,623 #16 boy name
1981 20,858 133 20,725 #17 boy name
1982 20,008 138 19,870 #20 boy name
1983 20,495 154 20,341 #20 boy name
1984 21,094 148 20,946 #22 boy name
1985 20,999 163 20,836 #21 boy name
1986 19,675 150 19,525 #22 boy name
1987 20,357 158 20,199 #21 boy name
1988 20,323 165 20,158 #19 boy name
1989 19,091 115 18,976 #21 boy name
1990 19,491 79 19,412 #24 boy name
1991 18,119 73 18,046 #25 boy name
1992 16,191 56 16,135 #26 boy name
1993 14,592 49 14,543 #29 boy name
1994 13,362 53 13,309 #30 boy name
1995 12,516 38 12,478 #32 boy name
1996 11,643 36 11,607 #35 boy name
1997 10,355 37 10,318 #35 boy name
1998 9,983 21 9,962 #39 boy name
1999 9,401 22 9,379 #39 boy name
2000 9,180 26 9,154 #42 boy name
2001 8,572 13 8,559 #44 boy name
2002 7,943 17 7,926 #52 boy name
2003 7,800 16 7,784 #56 boy name
2004 7,161 29 7,132 #61 boy name
2005 6,705 12 6,693 #66 boy name
2006 6,238 11 6,227 #77 boy name
2007 5,961 10 5,951 #83 boy name
2008 5,380 8 5,372 #86 boy name
2009 4,643 7 4,636 #95 boy name
2010 4,199 7 4,192 #95 boy name
2011 3,739 0 3,739
2012 3,623 0 3,623
2013 3,262 10 3,252
2014 3,309 5 3,304
2015 3,033 5 3,028

Want to know about the popularity of the Eric baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 873,327 babies born with the name Eric in the United States. That's more than enough Erics to occupy the territory of Reunion (France) with an estimated population of 865,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 10 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Eric" was in 1970 with a total of 23,591 babies. (That's a lot of baby Erics)

According to the 1989 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Eric" ranks #19 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 315 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1989. Across the entire United States a total of 19,091 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Eric" mean? The list below shows the origins of Eric as well as things modernly associated with the name Eric such as celebrities named Eric.

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Origin and Meaning of Eric

The name "Eric" is of Scandinavian origin, and it means "Always Ruler". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1962 to present. Eric was born in 1945 as Eric Patrick Clapton in Ripley, Surrey, England.

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Eric Dane

Eric Dane is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1991 to present. Eric was born in 1972 in San Francisco, California, United States.

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Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx is an actor, singer, comedian, and writer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1989 to present. Jamie was born in 1967 as Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell, Texas, United States.

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Eric Bana

Eric Bana is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1993 to present. Eric was born in 1968 as Eric Banadinovic in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Eazy-E

Eazy-E is a rapper, ceo, and record producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1986 to 1995. Eazy-E was born in 1963 as Eric Lynn Wright in Compton, California, U.S.

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George Orwell

George Orwell is a novelist, political writer and journalist with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1928 to 1950. George was born in 1903 as Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, Bengal Presidency, British India.

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Eric Christian Olsen

Eric Christian Olsen is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1997 to present. Eric was born in 1977 in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.

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Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1977 to present. Eric was born in 1956 as Eric Anthony Roberts in Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.

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Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona is a football biography. Eric was born in 1966 in Marseille, France.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Eric

Eric Berry
Eric Church
Eric Decker
Eric Garner
Eric Holder
Eric Wright
Eric Sheppard
Eric Stonestreet
Eric Cantor
Eric Nally

Alternative Meanings

E is for endear, all those you touch.

R is for radiant, it's your personality!

I is for inspire, others seek your guidance.

C is for charm, the undeniable you.

Your name in reverse order is "Cire". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Erci". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Eric born Dec 16, 1970

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central India approximately on 875. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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