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

The name Fritz is a boy's name of German origin meaning "peaceful ruler". Fritz and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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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

"Old Fritz," the affectionate nickname of Frederick (Friedrich) the Great of Prussia
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
Frank Fritz, star of History Channel's "American Pickers"

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
Fritz Smith, a character in the horror game "Five Nights at Freddy's"
Fritz, a character and bachelor in the game "Story Of Seasons"



Orchid_Lover Says:


I just noticed something very interesting about this name: There have been between 7 and 107 Fritz on the SSA list every year. Such a narrow range! I had a great uncle Fritz but it mostly appeals to me as a name for a cat, dog, or ferret.

PenelopeAnn Says:


I like this name a lot and could see calling a future son this (likely as a nickname) but I must say the fact that it was a nickname for Germans during WWII puts me off it a bit...then again, Charlie is still totally usable even though it was a nn for the Vietcong, so maybe it doesn't matter so much.