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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

Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang, German film director
Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard, American NFL football player
Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the U.S.
Fritz Feld, German-American character actor
Fritz Haber, German chemist and Nobel Prize winner
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr., American fantasy novelist
Friedrich "Fritz' Salomon Perls, German psychiatrist, father of Gestalt Therapy
Friedrich "Fritz" Thyssen, German businessman
Fritz Pregl, Slovenian-Austrian chemist and Nobel Prize winner
Fritz Albert Lipmann, German-American biochemist and Nobel Prize winner

Pop Culture References for the Name Fritz

Fritz Robinson, character in Disney's "Swiss Family Robinson"
Fritz Howard, character on TV's "The Closer"
Fritz Stahlbaum, character in "The Nutcracker" by E.T.A. Hoffman
Fritz Katzenjammer, character in comic strip "The Katzenjammer Kids" by Rudolph Dirks
"Fritz the Cat," comic strip by Robert Crumb
Fritz, nickname for German soldiers

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