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For other uses, see Fritz (disambiguation).

Fritz originated as a German nickname for Friedrich, or Frederick (der alte Fritz was a nickname for King Frederick II of Prussia and Frederick III, German Emperor), as well as for similar names including Fridolin. Fritz was also a name given to German troops by the British and others in the first and second world wars, equivalent to Tommy, as the British troops were called by German and other troops.[1] Other common bases for which the name Fritz was used include the surnames Fritsche, Fritzsche, Fritsch, and Frisch(e).

Notable people with the name include:


Given name[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Fritz (Frankenstein), hunchback in the 1931 film version of Frankenstein, played by Dwight Frye
  • Fritz the Cat, comic book character, featured in the animated Fritz the Cat and its sequel The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat
  • Old Fritz, a character in the manga series Hetalia: Axis Powers
  • Special Agent Fritz Howard, character in the American television show "The Closer", played by Jon Tenney
  • Count Fritz von Tarlenheim , a character in Anthony Hope's "The Prisoner of Zenda," and it's sequel, "Rupert of Hentzau." Most notably played by [Niven] in the 1937 version of "The Prisoner of Zenda."

See also[edit]

  • Fritz, a chess program
  • Frit, a ceramic composition