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Gender: M Meaning of Fritz: "peaceful ruler" Origin of Fritz: German, diminutive of Friedrich or Frederick

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Since female cousins Mitzi and Fritzi have entered the realm of possibilities, there's a chance that Cousin Fritz could as well. Fritz is the name of several notables, from early German-born film director Lang to early footballer Fritz (born Frederick) Pollard, the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl in 1916.

Fritz has several other pop culture references, including the R. Crumb comic strip "Fritz the Cat" begun in 1965 and which became a popular animated feature seven years later, and as one of the children in both The Nutcracker and Swiss Family Robinson. Fritz was also the nickname of former vice president Walter Frederick Mondale.

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Famous People Named Fritz

Fritz Lang, German director
Fritz Pollard, U.S. football player
Fritz Feld, German-American character actor
Fritz Haber, German chemist and Nobel Prizewinner
Fritz Leiber, U.S. fantasy writer
Walter "Fritz" Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the U.S.
Fritz Perls, the Father of Gestalt Therapy
Fritz Thyssen, German businessman
Fritz Pregl, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Fritz Albert Lipmann, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Pop Culture References for the Name Fritz

Fritz Robinson, character in "Swiss Family Robinson"
Fritz Howard, character on TV series "The Closer"
Fritz, character in "The Nutcracker" ballet
Fritz, character in comic strip "The Katzenjammer Kids"
"Fritz the Cat," comic strip
The German Nazis were called 'Fritzes' during the World War II

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