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What does Frederick mean?

Frederick [fred-er-ick] 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.

Associated with: power, britain (england), philosopher.


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.

Related boy names: Aric and Baldric.

Frederick has 1 feminine form: Frederica.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Fererick, Frederfinn, ..

(female) Frederie, Frederney, ..

How popular is Frederick?

Frederick is a very popular first name for males (#131 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#791 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Frederick for boys. Frederick reached its top position of #39 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #497. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Aric, Eric (#123 last year), Erich, Erick (#257), Erik (#328), Federico (#1818), Fred (#1475), Freddie (#1838), Freddy (#1011), Frederic, Frederich, Fredi, Fredric, Fredrick (#1262), Fredrik, Fritz, Ric, Rich, Rick (#1711) and Ricky (#519) are the prominent related forms of Frederick (#497 last year). These relations of Frederick reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (average #812) and are now much less popular (#1468, 80%), with forms like Frederic becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Frederick, Aric, Eric, Erich, Erick in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erik, Federico, Fred, Freddie, Freddy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Frederic, Frederich, Fredi, Fredric, Fredrick in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fritz, Ric, Rich, Rick, Ricky in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Adelrick, Aerick, Aerrick, Alberick, Alerick, Allerick, Andrick, Arrick, Baldrick, Bardrick, Benedick, Broderic (see Broderick), Broderick, Brodrick, Brodryck, Cedrick, Chadrick, Dedrick, Delrick, Derick, Derrick, Diederick, Diedrick, Dierick, Eddrick, Ederick, Edrick, Eldrick, Errick, Fedelio, Fenwick, Frick, Goderick, Godrick, Goodrick, Heinrick, Hendrick, Herrick, Jedrick, Jerick, Jerrick, Kadrick, Keddrick, Kedrick, Kendrick, Kenrick, Kerrick, Lodewick, Maverick, Melderick (see Meldrick), Meldrick, Merrick, Meyrick, Orrick, Rhoderick, Rodderick, Roddrick, Roderick, Roderyck, Rodrick, Sedgewick, Sedgwick, Sedrick, Shadrick, Tedrick and Thedrick. These names tend to be less commonly used than Frederick.