[ 3 syll. e-ri-ca, er-ica ] The baby girl name Erica is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced EHR-ih-Kah (English) †. Erica has its origins in the Old Norse language. It is used largely in English, French, German, Scandinavian, and Scottish. The meaning of Erica is 'ever ruling, lone ruler, island ruler'. It is derived from ei which means 'ever, always' ; einn 'alone, lone' ; rikr 'ruler'. Erica is also the Latin name for the plant heather, and this could have promoted the adoption of the first name. English speakers first adopted the name in the late 18th century. In Scotland, it is sometimes taken as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Oighrig. Erica is the feminine equivalent of the English, French, and Scandinavian Eric.
The name Erica is used to a great extent; it has 44 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Aerica, Aericka, Airika, Arica, Arika, Eiric, Eirica, Enrika, Ereka, Ericah, Ericca, Ericha, Erickah, Erics, Erikaa, Erikah, Erike, Erikka, Erique, Errica, Erricka, Errika, Eryca, Eryka, Erykah, Erykka, Eyrika, Rickee, Rika, and Rikky. Other English forms include the contracted form Rica (used in German, and Spanish too), the familiar forms Ricci, Rick, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Riki, and Rikki, and the spelling variants Ericka and Erika (used in Czech, German, Hungarian, Scandinavian, and Slavic too). Forms used in foreign languages include Eerika (Finnish), Elika (Hawaiian), and Érica (German and Portuguese).
Erica is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1940s up to the 1980s. At the peak of its usage in 1983, 0.543% of baby girls were named Erica. It was #33 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a substantial decline in frequency since then. In 2012, it ranked at #506 with a usage of only 0.031%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Erica was used 8.333% more than the next ranked name, Erika, in 2012. Erica has primarily been a baby girl name in the last century.
Baby names that sound like Erica include Ericha, Erickah, Erika, Erikka, Errica, Erricka, Errika, Eryka, Eyrika, Aericka, Airika, Earia, Erea, Ereka, Ericah, Ericca, Ericka, Erikaa, Erikah, and Eriko.
† Pronunciation for Erica: EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"