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What does Fred mean?

Fred Pronunciation of Fred [fred] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Fred). Short form of Frederick and Alfred.


Fred has 2 variants: Freddie and Freddy.

14 more alternative forms via Alfred, Frederick: Elfred, Eric, Erik, Eryk, Fredd, Fredek, Fredi, Fredo, Fredric, Fredrik, Fredro, Frido, Friedel and Fritz.

Creative forms:
(male) Faed, Fired, ..

(female) Fret, Fri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Fred Dangelo (F.D.), ..

How popular is Fred?

Fred is a very popular first name for males (#71 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#15765 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Fred reached its peak position of #15 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is presently at #1594. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fred name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fred outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Fred (#1594 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000 are Alfred (#920 from recent data), Eric (#137), Erik (#338), Freddie (#1800), Freddy (#990), Frederick (#517), Fredi, Fredric, Fredrik and Fritz. Other forms, like Fredek, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Fred was at its peak during the years 1880-1889 (adoption of 2.3%) and has become much less since (adoption 0.3%, down 88.2%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fred, Alfred, Eric, Erik, Freddie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Freddy, Frederick, Fredi, Fredric, Fritz in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alfred, Eric, Erik, Freddie, Frederick, Fredrik outside U.S.

Similar Names

Fred is alike in pronunciation to Freed, Fried and Frode. Other recommended names are Aed, Aled, Amed, Breed, Ced, Creed, Edred, Fahd, Fahed, Fareed, Fares, Farid, Fee, Ferd, Field, Ford, Fran, Frean, Free, Freen, Frey, Fry, Frye, Fryer, Fuad, Gared, Ged, Jared, Jed, Jered, Joed, Meed, Ned, Obed, Ohed (see Ohad), Osred, Oved, Reed, Syed, Ted, Umed, Zared and Zed. These names tend to be less commonly used than Fred.