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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 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Erich, Ehrich, Brin, Erie, Erick, Ris, Eroh, Urich, Trim, Enis

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Where is the Eric family from?

You can see how Eric families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Eric family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Eric families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Eric families living in British Columbia. This was about 38% of all the recorded Eric's in Canada. British Columbia and 1 other province had the highest population of Eric families in 1911.
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What did your Eric ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Eric. 56% of Eric men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Pas
  • Cultivateur
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Eric. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Eric census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Eric. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Eric. For the veterans among your Eric ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Eric lifespan?

Between 1972 and 2003, in the United States, Eric life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Eric in 1972 was 79, and 59 in 2003.

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