Erikson is a common Scandinavian patronymic surname meaning "son of Erik", itself an Old Norse given name. 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
  • 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

Famous quotes containing the word erikson:

    In any case, raw aggression is thought to be the peculiar province of men, as nurturing is the peculiar province of women.... The psychologist Erik Erikson discovered that, while little girls playing with blocks generally create pleasant interior spaces and attractive entrances, little boys are inclined to pile up the blocks as high as they can and then watch them fall down: “the contemplation of ruins,” Erikson observes, “is a masculine specialty.”
    Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

    The infant’s first social achievement, then, is his willingness to let the mother out of sight without undue anxiety or rage, because she has become an inner certainty as well as an outer predictability.
    —Erik H. Erikson (1904–1994)

    Every society consists of men in the process of developing from children into parents. To assure continuity of tradition, society must early prepare for parenthood in its children; and it must take care of the unavoidable remnants of infantility in its adults. This is a large order, especially since a society needs many beings who can follow, a few who can lead, and some who can do both, alternately or in different areas of life.
    —Erik H. Erikson (1904–1994)