Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Erik m. Either Proto-Norse *aiwa 'eternal' or Proto-Norse *ainaz 'one' + Proto-Germanic *rīkijaz 'ruler'.

The name of two legendary kings of Sweden, a semi-legendary 9th C king of Sweden, two 9th C kings of Sweden, two 10th C kings of Norway and Northumbria, two 12th C kings of Denmark, a 12th C king of Sweden, two 13th C kings of Denmark, a 13th C king of Norway, two 13th C kings of Sweden, a 13th-14th C king of Denmark, a 14th C king of Sweden, a 14th-15th C king of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden, and a 16th C king of Sweden.

Denmark
Latin
1282 Ericus (nom) MIRGPCM4 XVI-II; 1362 Ericks (gen) ibid. XVI-V, Ericus (nom) ibid. XVI-V
Danish
1581 Erick KD-1 no. 362
Old Swedish
1419 Eriks (gen) SDHK no. 19326
Estonia
Middle Low German
1437 Erick BbRT p. 360
Early Modern Swedish
1576 Errick (nom) Hiiumaa p. 182
Finland
Old Swedish
1405 Ericx (gen) SDHK no. 16441, Erik (nom) ibid. no. 16441
Early Modern Swedish
1548 Erich Audén1980 p. 168; 1559 Erich ibid. p. 166, Erichs (gen) ibid. p. 166
1548 Ers (gen) Audén1980 p. 168
France
Latin
1163–64 Eiricus (nom) clairvaux-12thc 118; 1164 Eiricus (nom) ibid. 121
Germany
Latin
1304 Ericus (nom) BremUrk2 no. 37
Iceland
Middle Icelandic
1495 Eijriks (gen) DipIs-7 307
Sweden
Latin
1269 Ericum (acc) MIRGPCM4 XVI-I; 1315 Ericj (gen) SDHK 2688; 1350 Erici (gen) ibid. no. 6034, Erico (dat) ibid. no. 6037; 1372 Ericus (nom) ibid. no. 10254; 1383 Erici (gen) SRA-vol2 no. 1914, Ericus (nom) ibid. no. 1908; 1416 Erics (gen) SDHK 18829; 1418 Erici (gen) ibid. 19181
Old Swedish
1356 Erichs (gen) SDHK no. 6977; 1364 Erik (nom) ibid. 8517; 1383 Ereker SRA-vol2 no. 1925, Erics (gen) ibid. no. 1917, Erik ibid. no. 1898, Eriker ibid. no. 1934, Erikir ibid. no. 1933, Erix (gen) ibid. no. 1934; 1401 Eriks (gen) SDHK no. 15698; 1407 Ericz (gen) ibid. no. 16943; 1409 Eric (gen) ibid. no. 17268, Erich (nom) ibid. no. 17269, Erichz (gen) ibid. no. 17269, Ericx (gen) ibid. no. 17337, Erik (gen) ibid. no. 17265, Erikir (nom) ibid. no. 17330, Eriks (gen) ibid. no. 17337, Erikx (gen) ibid. no. 17265, Erix (gen) ibid. no. 17263; 1411 Erich (nom) ibid. no. 17663, Erik (nom) ibid. no. 17735; 1413 Erik (nom) ibid. no. 18131; 1415 Erik (gen) ibid. no. 18466; 1419 Erike (dat) ibid. no. 19242; 1495 Erics (gen) HGS p. 150; 1496 Eric (gen) ibid. p. 150; 1497 Erics (gen) ibid. p. 150; 1498 Erichs (gen) ibid. p. 150; 1499 Erics (gen) ibid. p. 151; 1509 Ericks (gen) ibid. p. 152; 1519 Eric (nom) ibid. p. 154; 1520 Erick (nom) ibid. p. 154; 1524 Eric (nom) ibid. p. 154; 1525 Eric (nom) ibid. p. 155
Early Modern Swedish
1526 Eric (nom) HGS p. 155; 1527 Eric (nom) ibid. p. 155; 1543 Erich (nom) Audén1980 p. 164; 1571 Erichs (gen) ibid. p. 164
1543 Ers (gen) Audén1980 p. 164
Cite as: R. Le Get, S.L. Uckelman. "Erik". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2020, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2020/1/name/Erik.