Show ContentsErick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Erick surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the Old Danish and Old Swedish name Erik and the Old Norse name Eiríkr. Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon surnames.

Early Origins of the Erick family

The surname Erick was first found in Leicestershire. The name was listed as Eiric, Eric, and Erish in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] John Eirich was the first listing of the family in Leicestershire in 1211. [2]

"There is a tradition that the most ancient family of the Ericks derive lineage from Erick the Forester, a great commander, who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror, by whom he was vanquished, but afterwards employed to command that prince's forces, and in old age retired to his house in Leicestershire, where his family hath continued ever since." [3]

Early History of the Erick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Erick research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1557, 1591, 1592, 1600, 1658, 1667, 1674, 1685, 1686, 1694, 1695 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Erick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Erick Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Erick are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Erick include: Herrick, Herricke and others.

Early Notables of the Erick family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Richard Heyrick (1600-1667), was warden of Manchester Collegiate Church, born in London on 9 Sept. (or according to Robinson, Merchant Taylors' School Register, on 25 May) 1600, was cousin to Robert H...
  • Richard Heyrick (1600-1667), was Warden of Manchester Collegiate Church, born in London on 9 Sept. 1600. He was cousin to Robert Herrick [q. v.], the poet, and son of Sir William Hericke [q. v.], alde...

Ireland Migration of the Erick family to Ireland

Some of the Erick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Erick family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Erick or a variant listed above: Jacob Herrick settled in New York in 1646; Henry Herrick settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Thomas Herrick settled in Virginia in 1636.

Contemporary Notables of the name Erick (post 1700) +

  • John Erick Dowdle (b. 1973), American director, producer, screenwriter, and editor, best known for his many works on horror films
  • Erick Stalin Morillo Calderón (2000-2023), Peruvian footballer who played as a right-back
  • Erick Morillo (1971-2020), American disc jockey, music producer, and record label owner
  • Erick Elías Rabinovitz (b. 1980), Mexican actor
  • Erick Morgan Threets (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Erick Walder (b. 1971), American silver medalist long jumper at the 1997 World Championships
  • Erick Morgan Threets (b. 1981), American professional baseball pitcher
  • Erick José Téllez Fonseca (b. 1989), Nicaraguan professional defender
  • Erick Dowson Prado Meléndez (b. 1976), retired Salvadoran footballer
  • Erick Travez Dampier (b. 1975), American professional NBA basketball player

The Erick Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus omnia nobilitat
Motto Translation: Virtue ennobles all things.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook