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Eric

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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

Fun Facts about the name Eric

  • How many people with the first name Eric have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 873,327 babies born with the first name Eric in the United States. That's more than enough people named Eric to occupy the territory of Reunion (France) with an estimated population of 865,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Eric? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Eric first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Eric is Sunday, February 6th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Eric born? The highest recorded use of the first name Eric was in 1970 with a total of 23,591 babies. That's a lot of babies named Eric!
  • Random Eric Factoid: According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Eric ranks 19th in popularity as a baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, 1,945 babies in California have the same name as you in 1964.
  • Weird things about the name Eric: Your name in reverse order is Cire. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rcei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Eric? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 355 people with the last name Eric.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Eric? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Eric as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Popularity of Eric as a first name

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Common last names for Eric

  • Johnson
  • Anderson
  • Smith
  • Carlson
  • Williams
  • Nelson
  • Peterson
  • Brown
  • Erickson
  • Jones
  • Olson
  • Larson
  • Miller
  • Swanson
  • Wilson
  • Ericson
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Moore
  • Thompson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Eric U.S.
  White 56.06% 64.26%
  African American 18.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 14.08% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Eric

People with the last name Eric are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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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.

Scandinavian

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.

From Old Norse Eirríkr, Eiríkr, from ei (“always, eternal”) (see aye), or from Proto-Germanic *aizarīkijaz, from *aizō (“honor”), less likely from einn (“sole, alone”) + ríkr (“ruler”), from Proto-Germanic *rīkijaz (“king”) (cognate to Latin rēx and Gaulish rīx). The name was in use in Anglo-Saxon Britain, reinforced by Scandinavian settlers before the Norman Conquest.

  1. A male given name.

Eric was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, German, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Eric

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is a rock music and blues musician. He plays Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, The Fool (guitar), Fender Stratocaster, Blackie (guitar), Brownie (guitar), Eric Clapton Stratocaster, and C. F. Martin & Company. He holds the title Layla". He was most prominent from 1962 to present. Eric was given the name Eric Patrick Clapton on March 30th, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England.

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Eazy-E

Eazy-E was a gangsta rap and west coast hip hop ceo, rapping, record producer, and executive producer. He was most active from 1986 to 1995. Eazy-E was given the name Eric Lynn Wright on September 7th, 1964 in Compton, California, U.S. He left this life on March 26th, 1995.

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George Orwell

George Orwell was a dystopia, roman à clef, and satire writer. George was given the name Eric Arthur Blair on June 25th, 1903 in Motihari. He left this life on January 21st, 1950.

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Eric Trump

Eric Trump is an executive vice president of the trump organization, owner of trump winery, founder of the eric trump foundation, vice president, trump winery, executive vice presidentofthe trump organization, and owner oftrump winery. He has had major accomplishments since 2006. Eric was given the name Eric Frederic Trump by his parents Donald Trump and Ivana Trump on January 6th, 1984 in Manhattan.

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Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold is a student at columbine high school, shift manager at blackjack pizza, employee at blackjack pizza, columbine high school, and blackjack pizza.

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Éric Molina

Éric Molina is a leading somebody. Éric was born on April 26th, 1982 in Raymondville, Texas.

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  • Jamie Foxx
    (actor)
  • Eric Cantona
    (actor)
  • Eric Bana
    (actor)
  • Eric Roberts
    (actor)
  • Eric Dane
    (actor)
  • Eric Stonestreet
    (actor)
  • Eric Schmidt
    (software engineer)
  • Eric André
    (important somebody)
  • Rick Nelson
    (musician)
  • Eric Holder
    (82nd United States Attorney General)
  • Eric Burdon
    (musician)
  • Eric Stoltz
    (actor)
  • Eric McCormack
    (actor)
  • Eric Idle
    (actor)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Eric

Prince Eric

Prince Eric is a famous person. Prince is also known as The Sea King, Red, and Mersisters.

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Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric is a rock music, new wave music, and punk rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1974 to present. Wreckless was given the name Eric Goulden on May 18th, 1954 in Newhaven, East Sussex, England.

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Eric

Eric was royalty. His career lasted from 1155 to 1160. He died on May 18th, 1160.

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Yukon Eric

Yukon Eric was a famous person. Yukon was born on April 16th, 1924 in Monroe, Washington. Yukon is also known as Holmback and Eric. He passed away on January 16th, 1965.

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Nenad Erić

Nenad Erić is a soccer player for the FC Astana, FK Radnički 1923, OFK Beograd, FK Big Bull Radnički, FK Mačva Šabac, FK Borac Čačak, FC Sibir Novosibirsk, FC Dynamo Barnaul, FC Kairat, and Kazakhstan national football team. Nenad was born on May 26th, 1982 in Požega, Serbia.

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Micheal Eric

Micheal Eric is a basketball player for the Texas Legends, Canton Charge, Panelefsiniakos, and Enel Brindisi in the NBA Development League. His most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. Micheal was born on June 24th, 1988 in Lagos.

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What does the name Eric mean?

Eis for expert, in your chosen career

Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

Iis for immaculate, keeping it tidy

Cis for caring, your finest trait.

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