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Gender: M Origin of Fred: German, diminutive of Frederick and Alfred

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Where have all the Freds gone? We haven't seen many since the days of Flintstone and Munster. But it could be time for a comeback--if you think more of the sophistication of Fred Astaire, and of other nice guy names like Jack and Charlie and Sam.

Fred dropped off the popularity list in 2002, after being a double-digit favorite until 1955. Fred Weasley is a Harry Potter character, and on current TV, there are Freds on Mad Men and Hot in Cleveland.

Famous People Named Fred

Fredrick Aaron "Fred" Savage, American actor
Fred Armisen, American actor and comedian
Fred Astaire, American dancer and actor
Fred Hoyle, English astronomer
Fred Meyers, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Fred

Fred Weasley, Ron's brother and first half of mischievous twin set from the "Harry Potter" series
Fred Weasley the second, George Weasley's son in the "Harry Potter" series
Fred Mertz, costar in the 1950's comedy "I Love Lucy"
Freaky Fred, antagonist on a particularly infamous "Courage the Cowardly Dog" episode
Fred Figglehorn, squeaky-voiced pioneer of Internet serial shorts, played by Lucas Cruikshank
Fred Benson, geeky best friend of Carly Shay on Nickelodeon's "iCarly"
Fred Jones, character on Scooby-Doo
Fred, character on BabyFirst cartoon "Fred and Fiona"
Fred, handyman character on BBC series "Call the Midwife"
Fred J. Dukes, the mutant Blob