Auric

Auric comes from a term in chemistry, an adjective referring to something that is of or containing gold in the trivalent state. It comes from the Au, the chemical symbol for gold, which derives from Latin aurum meaning “gold” derived from a PIE root word. Of course, it’s just as possible that Auric is made up from Au (gold) and ric, a Germanic element meaning “power, rule” so the name essentially means “golden ruler” or “gold ruler”. Auric could also be a variant spelling of Aurich and Aurick; the former is the name of a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, though I could’t find anything behind the origin of the name. From what I could glean, Aurick also seems to be a German male name, perhaps a variant of Ericmeaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler”; or Alaric, an Ancient Germanic name derived from Gothic meaning “ruler of all”. Auric is also a surname, likely a variant spelling of Aurich, a locational surname denoting someone who came from the town of Aurich.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Aurick (German, English)
  • Aurrick (English)
  • Aurich (German)

 

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