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Alaric is a masculine Germanic given name that, broken into its parts means Ala "everyone's" and ric "ruler". This has various forms in the several Germanic languages, such as Alareiks in the original Gothic and Alrekr in Old Norse. Most modern Germanic languages render it as Alarich or Alarik but Alaric is the form used in modern English, an adaptation of the Latinization (Alaricus) of the Gothic one—there is also the alternative Latinization Alarichus from Greek Ἀλάριχος --. In Italian, Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish it is Alarico.
There were two Visigothic kings with this name:
- Alaric, who reigned from 395–410, prominent for the Sack of Rome in 410
- Alaric, who reigned from 485–507
- The Breviary of Alaric is a collection of Roman law, compiled by order of Alaric II.
There was one legendary king of Sweden by the name Alrek.
- Alaric Chapin, Medal of Honor recipient
- Alaric Jacob, a British journalist, most active in the period 1940–1960
- Alaric Tokpa, a politician in Liberia
- Alaric Alexander Watts (1797–1864), a British poet and journalist
- Alaric Saltzman, a fictional character in The Vampire Diaries
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