Oeric is the birth name of a king of Kent in the early fifth century, either the son of grandson of Hengist, a prominent Anglo-Saxon warrior and leader who, along with his brother Horsa, led the first Anglo-Saxon settlers into Britain in the 5th century. He later became the king of Kent. Apparently he later became known as Oisc or Aesc/Esc which means “ash tree”. I couldn’t find an exact meaning behind Oeric. It does resemble Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler”, though whether Oeric is an Anglo-Saxon form of Eric I couldn’t say. It’s possible that it’s made up of Old English elements ōr (origin, beginning) and -rīc (king, ruler) but that’s just guesswork on my part.
It’s also possible that Oeric is a variant of Ordric, an Old English name made up of ord “point (of a sword)” and –ric (king, ruler).
- Orrick (English)
- Oric (English)
- Orric (English)
- Ordric (Old English)