- This article refers to the surname of a family originating in northern Italy. For other uses, see Friz (disambiguation)
The surname Friz derives from Fritz, diminutive of the German name Friederich (Frederick), originating from the Old Germanic Frithurik, composed of the prefix frithu ("peace", "friendship": Friede, in German) and the suffix rikia ("lord", "prince"), meaning "Lord of Peace", "The One who assures peace".
"Der Alte Fritz" refers specifically to Frederick the Great.
Source: "Saggio di Commento ai Cognomi Tridentini", by Ernesto Lorenzo, 1895.
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