Alaric is a Germanic 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, 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 Jacob, a British journalist, most active in the period 1940-1960.
*Alaric Alexander Watts (1797-1864), a British poet and journalist.

Fictional characters

*Alaric Morgan is the seventh Duke of Corwyn in the fictional universe of the Deryni novels of Katherine Kurtz.
*Alaric the Mad is a master dwarven rune smith in the Warhammer Fantasy realm.
* Alaric, Duke of Dunstable is a character in a number of P. G. Wodehouse's 'Blandings Castle' novels.
* Richard Alaric Zeeman is a Werewolf clan leader in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Hunter Novels by Laurell K. Hamilton.
* Alaric Vas is a supporting character and mother of protagonist Fabian Vas in the novel The Bird Artist by Howard Norman.
* Justicar Alaric is the leader of the detachment of Grey Knights in the book "Grey Knight", by Ben Counter, in the fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000.
* Alaric Darconville is the title character of Alexander Theroux's novel Darconville's Cat.
* Alaric Deschain is Roland Deschain's grandfather of Stephen King's series The Dark Tower.


*Alaric Tokpa, a politician in Liberia.
*HMS Alaric (P441) was a submarine of the British Royal Navy.
* [ Alaric Systems Ltd] , an EFT payment systems and card fraud detection software company

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