Eric Family History
Eric Name Meaning
Scandinavian and German: from a variant of the personal name Scandinavian Erik German Erich from Old Norse Eiríkr which is composed of ei ‘ever always’ (or a shortened form of ein ‘one only’) + rík ‘power’. This surname is rare in Scandinavia and Germany. In North America it may also be a shortened (and altered) form of patronymics like Erickson . Croatian and Serbian (Erić): patronymic from the nickname Ero denoting someone from Herzegovina (see Herceg ). Compare Erich and Erick . Possibly also an Americanized form of Croatian Erik: from the personal name Erik of Scandinavian origin (see 1 above).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press