On National Erika Day, which falls on January 2 every year, we celebrate everyone named Erika, from Erica Cornejo, the Argentinian ballet dancer, to Erika von Brockdorff, a German resistance fighter. What’s in a name? Well, more than you can imagine. We all know Erika, whether you call her ‘Rika’ or ‘Ery,’ and that is a true testament to those that bear the name. Erikas are kind, good-natured, and always want to help, no matter the situation or whether it’s a loved one or a stranger.
History of National Erika Day
Not to be confused with Frederica, the name Erika is ‘Norse’ for a girl. It is the feminine form of Eric, which means ‘sole ruler’ and ‘eternally powerful,’ and by giving a girl this name, you are giving her the freedom to be her most robust, most powerful self. The name was first recorded in Sweden in 1686, and there are naturally several spellings of Erika, including ‘Erica,’ ‘Ereka,’ and Ericka. There is also an Erica in plant life; it’s a member of the Ericaceae plant family also known as Heather, in the gardening world.
A baby Erika will forge their path in life and bloom like the blooms of a scented flower with this versatile and respected name. In Scandinavia, the name Erika means ‘ever kingly,’ while in Sweden, it means ‘rules forever,’ and is a noble name for girls and boys in some other countries. In many Western societies, it is a common name. It is also a popular female name in Japan, even though its origin has nothing in common with the Nordic roots of the Western version. Erika von Brockdorff was a German resistance fighter against the Nazi regime during the Second World War. After finishing middle school and housekeeping school in Magdeburg in 1929, she worked in Berlin as a housekeeper and model before joining the military.
In terms of their behaviors and personality traits, they are usually stunning people both inside and out. They have a lot of friends and have a lot of fun with them. They are often the life of the party and can very quickly get along with new people. It is also common for people to make fun of them for having such a big heart. They value their human connections, adore their family and friends, and will be loyal until the end. Erikas are the perfect friends.
National Erika Day timeline
Erika Liebman, a Swedish poet and academic, is published in Latin in “Svenska Merkurius.”
Erika Fisch, a German athlete, breaks the unofficial indoor women’s long jump world record.
Japanese Paralympic swimmer, Erika Nara, wins bronze in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
Erika Christensen, an actress from Seattle, stars in ABC’s family drama, “Parenthood.”
National Erika Day FAQs
Is ‘Erika’ a German song?
The German military uses ‘Erika’ as a marching song. Herms Niel wrote the song in the 1930s, and it became the most popular marching song during the Second World War.
Is Erika a good name?
During the 1980s and early 1990s, the name rose to the top 100 of American parents’ favorite names for their little girls.
How many Erikas are in the world?
The name “Erika” was recorded 124,556 times in the SSA public database between 1880 and 2018.
National Erika Day Activities
Tell Erika they are special
On a national day celebrating the name, tell Erika you know how much she means to you. Get vulnerable and let her know that your life would be different if you didn’t know her.
Name a new pet Erika
Given that the name Erika relates to strength and respect, it makes for the perfect name for a new pet. Whether you are a dog or cat person, the name will be a great fit.
Take up swimming
If your name is Erika, honor your namesake, Erika Nara, and take up swimming. It doesn’t have to be competitive swimming — it can be for you to relax or to stay fit.
5 Famous Erikas
James Erika Mitchell
This British author, known as E.L. James, penned the best-selling erotica novel trilogy, “Fifty Shades.”
Packer is a former model and singer and was the second wife of Aussie’s eighth richest man.
This Mexican actress was in successful telenovelas “Amor en Silencio” and “Marisol.”
Or Erika Girardi is a T.V. personality on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and a musician.
The Brazilian volleyball player represented her country at the Summer Olympic Games twice.
Why We Love National Erika Day
It honors noteworthy figures
We get a chance to pay homage to and honor important figures in our society, and in history. This day allows us to celebrate them through our mutual respect and admiration.
It makes us feel special
If your name is Erika, this is your day to feel special. It is actually like having a second birthday.
We celebrate our Erikas
It allows us to celebrate the Erikas in our lives. Whether it’s a sister, mother, cousin, aunt, or daughter; we honor them.
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