Eric is a mighty name. According to Norse legend, the Viking Leif Ericson (son of the super-manly Eric the Red) landed on the shores of America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Eric, the most popular Scandinavian boys name ever in the U.S., reached its peak in popularity in the 1970s and has been waning ever since. Just beware if you ever decide to move to Sweden where Eric is a still a mega-popular boys name.


  • norse: Eternal ruler, forever strong
  • scandinavian:

Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

Actor Eric Dane, Actor Eric Bana, Musician Eric Clapton, Children's author Eric Carle, Actor Eric McCormack, Actor Eric Stoltz, Musician Eric Benet

Celebrity Babies:

Son of Kirk Douglas, Son of Donald Trump, Son of Chuck Norris, Son of Michael Eisner, Son of Jordan Knight, Son of Eddie Murphy, Son of Simon Cowell