Erica, Erika, Erykah, Ericka, or one of the many other spelling variations is the feminine form of the name Eric, which is derived from the Old Norse name Eirikr.
The name has been used in Scandinavia since the early eighteenth century and means "eternal ruler," "honorable ruler," and/or "noble." Erica was listed in the Top 50 girls names in the United States in 1970s and 80s.
I suspect much of the name's popularity during those decades may correlate to the popularity of the ABC soap opera All My Children, which was wildly popular in the 70s and 80s. AMC featured a long running character named Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci).
As of 2014, the name was ranked 657th in popularity (according to Nameberry.com).
Ericka is the name of the unreleased, 1997 self titled debut album of R&B singer Ericka Yancey. Apparently, the first two released singles from the album didn't do very well on the Billboard charts, so the album was shelved.
I share my name with Erykah Badu, an American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. She was born Erica Wright.
Erica is a genus of roughly 860 species of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae.
Although my spelling is unique, it's not nearly as unique as this variation:
According to Urban Dictionary, Ericka (my spelling) is defined as:
I must admit that I really like this definition. ;) And, no...I didn't write it. LOL!
Hope you enjoyed all these Erica/Erika/Ericka tidbits! Thanks for stopping by!
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