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[er-ik] /ˈɛr ɪk/
a male given name: ultimately from Germanic words meaning “one” and “ruler.”.


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  • It is a bad end for thee, Eric: to be choked in snow, and with all thy deeds to do.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • King Harald and Eric stepped upon the platform, where the cross-bench was.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Eric seized the curtain in his hand, rent it from its fastenings, and cast it on the ground.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Eric gave a holy hammer to Harald, and it was like the hammer of Thor.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • The Journal sent the check to Jimmy and the game tickets to Eric.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
British Dictionary definitions for Eric


(in old Irish law) a fine paid by a murderer to the family of his victim Compare wergild
Word Origin
C16: from Irish eiric
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Word Origin and History for Eric

masc. proper name, from Old Norse Eirikr, literally "honored ruler," from Proto-Germanic *aiza- "honor" + *rik- "ruler" (see regal). The German form is Erich.

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