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Family name
Pronunciation ER-ik-son
Meaning "son of Erik"
Related names Eriksen, Eriksson

Erikson is a common Scandinavian patronymic surname meaning "son of Erik", itself an Old Norse given name.[1] There are other spelling variations of this surname, as it is common amongst Danes, Swedes, Finns, Norwegians, and Germans. Erikson is uncommon as a given name. People with the surname include:

  • Duke Erikson (born 1953), American musician with the band Garbage
  • Erik Erikson (1902–1994), Jewish German (but a Danish citizen) developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst
  • Jon Erikson (born 1955), American long distance swimmer
  • Kai T. Erikson (born 1931), American sociologist
  • Leif Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020), Norse explorer, son of Erik the Red
  • Sheldon Erikson, American, Chairman of the Board, President, CEO of Cameron
  • Steven Erikson (born 1959), pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, Canadian novelist
  • Tom Erikson, American mixed martial arts fighter


  1. ^ "Name: Erik". Retrieved 2008-02-10.