As an Erica, your nature leads you to serve humanity. You will find the most fulfillment and joy in your life if you embrace this desire to serve and use it to make the world a better place. This expression of your idealistic and generous nature leads you take on many responsibilities—especially those which involve taking care of others. You display extraordinary compassion and caring to those in need, and you are always willing to lend a helping hand. You must be careful, though, not to overcommit and become too wrapped up in other’s problems. This will cause you to worry excessively, which is also an element of your nature, and this can actually cause you physical and health problems in addition to being overly sensitive to the opinions of others.
Your sensitive and spiritual nature leads you to talented expression in art and music, and you appreciate the work of others in these areas in addition to engaging in them yourself. You are warm, loving, and attentive towards your dear friends and family, and this helps you to build a healthy and affectionate home environment. All in all, you are capable of doing great things and the world is better because you are in it!
The girls’ name Erica starts way back with the Old Norse Eirik, from “ei” (“ever, always” together with “rikr” (ruler). This led to the popular Scandinavian boys’ name Eric which came to England by way of the Vikings, though the female version Erica didn’t come into use until the 18th century. Erica is also the Latin word for “heather.”
The name Erica first came into popular usage in the United States in 1945. It stayed in low to moderate popularity position until the late-1960s, when it really began to climb. In 1972, Erica hit the Top 100 and was in the Top 50 for seventeen straight years between 1977 and 1993. During the years 1986 through 1988, Erica peaked in popularity at #31. There’s no coincidence that the peak of Erica’s popularity as a name in the 1980s occurred at the same time as the popularity of the character Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci, on the soap opera “All My Children.” Erica with a “c” is more popular in English-speaking countries, while the version Erika with a “k” is more popular in Scandinavian countries.
The most famous Erica of our times is actually a fictional one, who helped to spark the popularity of the name in the United States: iconic soap-opera leading character Erica Kane of “All My Children”, played by Susan Lucci. TV Guide called Erica Kane "unequivocally the most famous soap opera character in the history of daytime TV." Erica was played by Susan Lucci from her first appearance on the show (as a 15-year old in 1970) to the last episode of the show in 2011. Real-life famous Ericas include actress Erica Durance and writer Erica Jong.