Thoughts on Eric?

(49 Posts)
dostastic363 Mon 29-Jul-13 17:45:48

Is Eric a winner or does it seem a bit nerdy?

sleepingbeautiful Mon 29-Jul-13 17:54:28

Blonde haired Viking type!

FacebookWanker Mon 29-Jul-13 17:56:42

I quite like it...but then I also like Boris...

BackforGood Mon 29-Jul-13 18:02:23

I'm of a generation that thinks of it as being a "Dad's name" but then I met a 2 yr old called Clive the other day grin so I guess it's probably old enough to be due a comeback.

miffybun73 Mon 29-Jul-13 18:03:48

Not keen, but I absolutely love Erica.

Do you know that you're having a boy? smile

nancerama Mon 29-Jul-13 18:05:14

I know 2 that have been born this year. It's growing in popularity.

meditrina Mon 29-Jul-13 18:33:35

Eric still looks a bit wet (old man in the wrong sort of way - sorry). Erik, on the other hand, is a dashing Viking.

Coconutty Mon 29-Jul-13 18:34:29

Shun. That's what the Eric I knew used to get called all the time.

I do quite like it though.

superbagpuss Mon 29-Jul-13 18:34:42

I know a little boy Eric

he's great

tableandsofa Mon 29-Jul-13 18:49:34

Eric is bad, like Clive and Malcolm. Don't do it.

Wbdn28 Mon 29-Jul-13 19:10:06

It's a great name! Due a comeback.

sleepingbeautiful Mon 29-Jul-13 19:10:10

Oh I like Malcolm too! It sounds like a rugged Scottish hero doing battle on the moors. Eric should be standing at the prow of his longboat waiting to greet adventure on the horizon!
(Do I need to get out more?!)

hothereinnit Mon 29-Jul-13 19:15:22

Love Eric. dh vetoed it sad (he was fine with Erica though, oddly!)

MargeSimpsonzz Mon 29-Jul-13 19:18:00

I quite like it. But I've just come off a thread where the choice was Albert or Arthur!! so next to those two names Eric seems cool and contemporary and although it's an old man name, it's not a cliché old man name.

Malcolm is another name that is better than Arthur or Albert. I don't mind Clive either!

MargeSimpsonzz Mon 29-Jul-13 19:19:33

Yes, good point, Erik with a k, it's better.

ChristineDaae Mon 29-Jul-13 19:20:06

Phantom of the operas real name. Underused but quite nice.

Fraxinus Mon 29-Jul-13 19:42:25

Erik blood axe! Love it.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 29-Jul-13 20:01:08

Love it.

dostastic363 Mon 29-Jul-13 21:45:29

Very helpful responses! The consensus seems to be that adding the k and taking away the c makes it a bit less nerdy eh? I've got a girl's name sorted, but really did underestimate how difficult choosing a boy's would be. I also like Malcom but fear it would become Malky.

niffernaffer Tue 30-Jul-13 19:42:20

Eric and Malcolm are both brilliant!

niffernaffer Tue 30-Jul-13 19:42:31

Eric and Malcolm are both brilliant!

Bowlersarm Tue 30-Jul-13 19:49:15

Eric Malcolm Graham Derek Brian Clive Keith very similar to me. Same image. Grey and boring 60+ year olds. Hmm, maybe due a revival.

I don't like them but you obviously do. And if it becomes the trend the grey boring image will be replaced with chubby toddler, gorgeous little boy images smile

squoosh Tue 30-Jul-13 20:36:12

Ultra nerdy.

Erics look like pipe cleaners.

Back2Two Tue 30-Jul-13 20:37:09


possum18 Tue 30-Jul-13 20:45:21

Prince Eric from Little Mermaid comes to mind, not that that is a bad thing - who doesn't like a Prince Charming type?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 30-Jul-13 21:30:16

Noo, not the K

Eric is one of those mid-century names that, unlike some of its contemporaries (Clive, Nigel, Alan), has the potential to be cool

I met a baby Ray a while ago. I like that too

nkf Tue 30-Jul-13 21:32:40

I like it. But no K.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 30-Jul-13 21:32:42

Everyone thought Victorian names were terrible at first but look how cool, and then ubiquitous they have become. You can be fashion-forward!

And I think there are some women's names like


which are from a similar era which are really nice

usualsuspect Tue 30-Jul-13 21:33:27


JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 30-Jul-13 21:34:46

I think it will divide people

I upset someone the other day by being rude about Diggory.

We can't all be the same.

Canidae Tue 30-Jul-13 21:36:14

I prefer Erik to Eric.

hothereinnit Tue 30-Jul-13 21:42:14

It's funny.

Names like Arthur and Eric (agree, no K) leave me lost in romantic thoughts and meanderings about knights or viking warriors.

And then someone comes along and says 'oh, but it's such an old man's name' and that's my bubble burst. But I truly don't ever think of middle aged (or older) men, and find it hard to match those types of names with mundane, tbh.

tallulah Tue 30-Jul-13 21:52:29

Thoughts on Eric.



When Eric eats a banana he is Banana Man

squoosh Tue 30-Jul-13 22:10:35

I thought Banana Man too!

Canidae Tue 30-Jul-13 22:12:04

I think of Magneto from the X men. Mmm Michael Fassbender.

hothereinnit Tue 30-Jul-13 22:40:28



It's obvious now you mention it, but my mental picture is more this

wasabipeanut Tue 30-Jul-13 22:43:56

I floated Eric nearly 4 years ago when I was pg with what turned out to be DD. I can tell you you have had a lot more favourable responses than I did then!

filee777 Tue 30-Jul-13 22:45:20

We have an Erik, like it very much (obviously)

I prefer it being slightly Nordic than Eric and I know of lots of Erik's abroad but not many here in the uk

SilverBirdie Tue 30-Jul-13 23:28:32

What about Aric? It means eternal ruler or something..... Sounds nicer I think

mrsfrumble Wed 31-Jul-13 02:39:11

Love it. I'm in the US and it's very widely used here across the generations, so not an 'old man' name to my ears.

I like Malcolm too, but mainly because of Malcolm Tucker which may not be an association you want made with your sweet little newborn...

purplemurple1 Wed 31-Jul-13 08:14:05

I like it so much I'm using it, but then mine will be half viking ^(OK Swedish)^) so maybe that means I'm allowed to!

misshappycat Wed 31-Jul-13 22:37:38 kinds of ruins it - childhood continence? Oh dear!

riskit4abiskit Wed 31-Jul-13 22:42:50

please.....not keith!

JoniR Wed 31-Jul-13 22:45:42

I have a nephew called Eric. It's a great name.

DramaAlpaca Wed 31-Jul-13 22:46:55

No, sorry - awful name!

Possibly OK if you have Scandinavian origins & spell it Erik, but Eric - no.

thamesk8 Thu 01-Aug-13 12:14:53

Eric is cool. Keith graham Derek etc are not!!

JamieandtheMagicTorch Thu 01-Aug-13 14:40:41
MargeSimpsonx Thu 01-Aug-13 14:41:25

What's so bad about Keith? I know a few. It's not that bad is it?

Derek and Graham are terrible. Graham is just such a sneaky little name. I had a boss called Graham and he was a devious little weasel, always taking credit for things he hadn't done, busy covering his own arse, trying to 'manage' people all the time. The name Graham suited him perfectly.

ems1910 Thu 01-Aug-13 17:16:35

Fabulous name!

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