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Meaning and Name Origin

Frederick \f-rederi-ck, fr(e)-de-rick\ as a boys' name is pronounced FRED-er-ik. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Frederick is "peaceful ruler". From fred or frid meaning "peace", and rîc meaning "power, ruler". Brought by the Hunoverian kings to Britain. An interesting contemporary variant is used by actor Fredro Starr. Actors Fred MacMurray, Freddie Prince, Jr; dancer Fred Astaire; cartoon character Fred Flintstone; children's TV personality Fred Rogers; composer Frédéric Chopin; abolitionist Frederick Douglass; philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche; musician Fred Durst.


Frederick has 41 variants: Eric, Erich, Erick, Erico, Erik, Eryk, Federico, Federigo, Fred, Fredd, Freddie, Freddy, Fredek, Frederic, Frederich, Frederico, Frederik, Fredi, Fredric, Fredrick, Fredrik, Fredro, Frido, Fridrich, Fridrick, Friedel, Friedrich, Friedrick, Fritz, Fritzchen, Fritzi, Fritzl, Fryderky, Ric, Rich, Rick, Ricky, Rik, Rike, Rikke and Rikki.

For more information, see also related boy names Aric and Baldric.

Frederick has 1 more different form via Freddie: Fredo.

Frederick has 1 feminine form: Frederica.


Frederick is a very popular first name for males (#131 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#879 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Frederick for boys. Frederick reached its top position of #39 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #497. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Frederick name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Frederick and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Frederick (#497 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Aric, Eric (#123 last year), Erich, Erick (#257), Erik (#328), Federico, Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Frederic, Fredric, Fredrick, Fredrik, Friedrich, Fritz, Rich, Rick and Ricky (#519). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and are now much less popular, with forms like Freddy, Fredrick, Fritz, Rich and Rick falling out of fashion. Eric (#123), Erick (#257), Erik (#328) and Ricky (#519) are four of the more contemporarily stylish boy names in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aric, Eric, Erich, Erick, Erik, Federico, Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Frederic in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Frederick, Fredric, Fredrick, Friedrich, Fritz, Rich, Rick, Ricky in U.S.

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