Name: Eric

Origin and Meaning of the Name Eric

  • Meaning:
    Eternal ruler
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  • Meaning:
    Honorable ruler
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  • Pronunciation:
    (EHR ik)
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    Itself (Eric)
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Miscellaneous Info for Eric

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  • Used in:
    English and French speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Derived from the Old Norse Eirėkr (eternal ruler), a compound name composed of the elements ei (ever, always) and ríkr (ruler). The origin of the name is debated. Most believe in the Norse etymology, but there are some who think it comes to the Old Norse via the Germanic ehre (honor) and the Proto-Germanic rik (king), hence "honorable ruler".

    The name was introduced to England before the Norman Conquest by Viking invaders and subsequent Scandinavian settlers.

    In Disney's Little Mermaid, Eric was the prince whom Ariel fell in love with.

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