National Erik Day – November 5, 2022

National Erik Day is celebrated every year on November 5 by people worldwide. It’s a day when everyone comes together to recognize and respect everyone named Erik! Read on to find out more about the interesting history behind the name and its linguistic meanings! Today is the day to celebrate all Eriks!

History of National Erik Day

Erik is a Scandinavian variant of Eric. This Scandinavian name is derived from the Old English ‘Eiríkr,’ meaning ‘eternal ruling.’ Eric, Erick, Jerrik, and Erika, a feminine variation of the name, are the most prevalent variants of Erik. Erik’s are usually found in Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Norway, and an English-speaking nation: England. For a time, it was also popular in France. In Sweden and Norway, the official day to celebrate the name Erik is May 18, also the day on which King Erik IX is commemorated.

Erik is a name that most people would describe as having intense and refined energy, as well as being a classic name with a hint of maturity. It’s not uncommon to meet someone with the first name Erik. In Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, many members of the royalty were named after a variation of the name. Erik IX, Sweden’s patron saint, American actor Erik Estrada, and Swedish novelist Erik Gustaf Geijer are just a few renowned people with the name.

Erik is also a name found in fictional characters. Erik is the name of the primary adversary in the “Black Panther” comics, while Magneto’s true name is Erik in the Marvel Mutants Universe. This is also the name of one of the characters in the “Animal Crossing” video game. Nearly 142,200 Americans are called Erik, implying that there are almost 45 Eriks for every 100,000 people in the United States. In the country, it is listed as the 374th most prevalent name.

National Erik Day timeline

1556
King Erik IX of Sweden

This royal founds the House of Eric in Sweden and is the country's patron saint.

1803
Erik Geijer

The author receives a historical prize from the Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

1963
Erik Lehnsherr

The character Magneto first appears in Marvel Comics.

1970
Erik Estrada

The actor makes his cinematic debut with the film “The Cross and the Switchblade.”

National Erik Day FAQs

Why is Erik Johnson called the Condor?

He is called the Condor because he swoops across the ice with the puck and creates an attacking opportunity out of nowhere.

Who is the author of the Serpent War Saga?

Raymond E. Feist is the American writer who published the books that make up the “Serpent War Saga” and include the character Erik Von Darkmoor.

What is Erik Kynard Jr.’s height?

Erik Kynard Jr. is six feet four inches tall, which means he is 193 centimeters tall!

National Erik Day Activities

  1. Write a letter

    Whether it's one of your personal friends or a well-known celebrity, you're bound to know someone named Erik. So, why not write them a handwritten note expressing your gratitude?

  2. Design a card

    It's fine if you don't write well. You may always show your affection by making your own greeting card! Make a lovely card for that special Erik in your life by sharpening your colored pencils and getting your scissors ready.

  3. Shout out to a famous Erik

    You don't know someone named Erik in your circle? It's no issue! Make a social media shout-out to someone on our list! Do some more research and share all of the details with your friends and family so that they may join in the celebration.

5 Awesome People Named Erik

  1. Erik Acharius

    Erik Acharius, regarded as the "Father of Lichenology," was a Swedish botanist who pioneered the taxonomy of lichens.

  2. Erik Breukink

    Erik Breukink is a former professional cyclist who competed in road races and won the Tour de France's young division in 1988.

  3. Erik Johnson

    Erik Robert Johnson is an American ice hockey defenceman who plays for the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche.

  4. Erik Von Darkmoor

    A fictional character in “The Serpent War Saga”, Erik Von Darkmoor is the illegitimate son of a barmaid and the local nobleman.

  5. Erik Kynard Jr.

    Erik Kynard Jr. is an American track and field athlete who competes in the high jump.

Why We Love National Erik Day

  1. It’s all about Erik

    We like expressing our affection for people who are close to us! It's no different when it comes to Erik! This day brings us all together, for Erik's sake, which we adore!

  2. Special appreciation

    Isn't it true that we don't need a special day to express gratitude? However, having a specific day to recognize and adore every Erik on the planet is good!

  3. Second birthday

    Celebrating your name day means you'll get twice as many goodies each year just for being yourself! It's like having a birthday celebration twice a year!

National Erik Day dates

YearDateDay
2022November 5Saturday
2023November 5Sunday
2024November 5Tuesday
2025November 5Wednesday
2026November 5Thursday

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