Erik

First Name
152k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
121
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Erik mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Erik

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

Wiktionary

A spelling variant of Eric, or directly borrowed from the modern Scandinavian Erik.

  1. A male given name.

Erik was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, and Turkish

Notable Persons Named Erik

Harry Houdini was an illusionist, magician, escapologist, stunt performer, actor, historian, film producer, pilot, debunker, and magic (illusion). His career lasted from 1891 to 1926. Harry was given the name Erik Weisz on March 24th, 1874 in Budapest. He died on October 31st, 1926.

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Erik was given the name Erik Dean Prince by his parent Edgar Prince on June 6th, 1969 in Holland, Michigan, U.S.

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Erik Homburger Erikson was a scientist in the field of developmental psychology. Erik was given the name Erik Salomonsen on June 15th, 1902 in Frankfurt. He breathed his last breath on May 12th, 1994.

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Erik Satie was a pianist and composer. Erik was given the name Éric Alfred Leslie Satie on May 17th, 1866 in Honfleur, France. He left this life on July 1st, 1925.

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Everlast is a hip hop music, rock music, and blues musician. He plays Rapping, Guitar, and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1989. Everlast was given the name Erik Francis Schrody on August 18th, 1969. Everlast is also known as Whitey Ford.

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Erik Per Sullivan is an actor. His career lasted from 1998 to 2010. Erik was born Erik Per Sullivan on July 12th, 1991 in Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Erik

Erik is a maestro, impresario, architect, magic (illusion), ventriloquism, and general contractor. Erik is also known as The Phantom of the Opera, Opera Ghost, The Angel of Music, the Red Death, The Trapdoor Lover, The Man's Voice, Le Mort Vivant, and The Mask.

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Prince Erik was royalty. He holds the title Duke of Västmanland. Prince was born as the child of Gustaf V of Sweden and Victoria of Baden on April 20th, 1889 in Stockholm Palace. He died on September 20th, 1918.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1911 5 0 5
1914 6 0 6
1915 11 0 11
1916 10 0 10
1917 8 0 8
1918 12 0 12
1920 8 0 8
1921 11 0 11
1922 12 0 12
1923 15 0 15
1924 23 0 23
1925 11 0 11
1926 16 0 16
1927 18 0 18
1928 8 0 8
1929 19 0 19
1930 17 0 17
1931 18 0 18
1932 13 0 13
1933 23 0 23
1934 24 0 24
1935 24 0 24
1936 18 0 18
1937 24 0 24
1938 32 0 32
1939 39 0 39
1940 44 0 44
1941 53 0 53
1942 57 0 57
1943 78 0 78
1944 65 0 65
1945 96 0 96
1946 95 0 95
1947 121 0 121
1948 93 0 93
1949 156 0 156
1950 132 0 132
1951 152 0 152
1952 188 0 188
1953 191 0 191
1954 219 0 219
1955 223 0 223
1956 252 0 252
1957 321 0 321
1958 340 0 340
1959 428 0 428
1960 469 0 469
1961 521 0 521
1962 517 0 517
1963 673 0 673
1964 1,171 5 1,166
1965 2,136 14 2,122
1966 1,970 9 1,961
1967 2,261 12 2,249
1968 2,384 18 2,366
1969 2,734 14 2,720
1970 3,265 17 3,248
1971 3,225 11 3,214 #97 boy name
1972 3,413 16 3,397 #86 boy name
1973 3,080 20 3,060 #86 boy name
1974 2,906 23 2,883 #90 boy name
1975 2,876 16 2,860 #87 boy name
1976 2,775 18 2,757 #94 boy name
1977 2,803 17 2,786 #94 boy name
1978 3,281 17 3,264 #85 boy name
1979 4,658 20 4,638 #66 boy name
1980 4,953 41 4,912 #64 boy name
1981 3,944 22 3,922 #75 boy name
1982 3,662 29 3,633 #80 boy name
1983 3,665 29 3,636 #80 boy name
1984 3,449 28 3,421 #84 boy name
1985 3,397 26 3,371 #87 boy name
1986 3,129 24 3,105 #92 boy name
1987 3,256 25 3,231 #94 boy name
1988 3,497 21 3,476 #93 boy name
1989 3,647 17 3,630 #95 boy name
1990 3,961 11 3,950 #96 boy name
1991 3,902 13 3,889 #95 boy name
1992 3,832 16 3,816 #98 boy name
1993 3,500 14 3,486
1994 3,770 24 3,746 #99 boy name
1995 3,443 11 3,432
1996 3,029 9 3,020
1997 2,863 5 2,858
1998 2,683 7 2,676
1999 2,728 6 2,722
2000 2,732 10 2,722
2001 2,574 0 2,574
2002 2,460 0 2,460
2003 2,555 5 2,550
2004 2,372 8 2,364
2005 2,233 5 2,228
2006 2,130 0 2,130
2007 2,034 6 2,028
2008 1,802 7 1,795
2009 1,553 0 1,553
2010 1,336 0 1,336
2011 1,264 0 1,264
2012 1,220 0 1,220
2013 1,102 0 1,102
2014 1,036 0 1,036
2015 1,015 0 1,015
2016 942 0 942
2017 895 0 895

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Popularity of Erik as a first name

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Popularity of Erik as a last name

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Common last names for Erik

  • Johnson
  • Anderson
  • Erikson
  • Peterson
  • Olson
  • Larson
  • Hansen
  • Nielsen
  • Nelson
  • Erickson
  • Christensen
  • Eriksson
  • Andersen
  • Pedersen
  • Johanson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Erik U.S.
  White 62.81% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 23.97% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.26% 16.26%

Of Last Name Erik

People with the last name Erik are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Erik

  • What name lists does Erik rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Erik? Erik is the 477th most popular name of all time. As a last name Erik was the 138,304th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Erik have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 152,412 babies born with the first name Erik in the United States. That's more than enough people named Erik to occupy the country of Cura with an estimated population of 149,679 (as of March 26, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Erik? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1911 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Erik first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Erik is Thursday, April 15th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Erik born? The highest recorded use of the first name Erik was in 1980 with a total of 4,912 babies. That's a lot of babies named Erik!
  • Random Erik Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Erik ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, 234 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Erik: Your name in reverse order is Kire. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eikr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Erik? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 121 people with the last name Erik.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Erik? Erik is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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