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From Old Norse Eirríkr, ei meaning "always" or "eternal" (less likely from einn meaning "sole" or "alone") + ríkr "ruler" (cognate to latin rex and Celtic -rix). The name was in use in Anglo-Saxon Britain, reinforced by Scandinavian settlers before the Norman Conquest.
- Rhymes: -ɛrɪk
- A male given name
- 1859 Frederic William Farrar: Eric, or Little by Little: A Tale of Roslyn School. Chapter II:
- "What's your name?"
- "Eric - I mean Williams."
- "Then why don't you say what you mean?"
- 1959 Roentgens, Rads and Riddles: A Symposium on Supervoltage Radiation Therapy. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission 1959. page 71:
- Mark it. Professor Roberts does not like the name Eric. This happens to be one of his given names, and it is a very honorable one. Eric was the first Viking explorer of the North American continent, and this ERIC we hope will be an explorer in the fields of complex therapy.
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