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Gender Male
Language(s) German
Other names
Related names Friedrich, Frederick

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:


  • Amanda Fritz (Born April 1958) retired registered psychiatric nurse and politician from the U.S. state of Oregon.
  • Al Fritz (1924–2013), American businessman
  • Betty Jane Fritz (1924-1994), one of the original players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Clemens Fritz (born 1980), German footballer
  • Edmund Fritz (before 1918-after 1932), Austrian actor, film director, and music manager
  • Florian Fritz (born 1984), French rugby union player
  • Frank Fritz, co-star of History Channel's American Pickers
  • John Fritz, (1822–1913) American pioneer of iron and steel technology
  • Jürgen Fritz (born 1953), German musician, keyboard player in the rock band Triumvirat
  • Madeleine Fritz (1896–1990), Canadian palaeontologist
  • Nel Fritz (born 1937), Dutch Olympic gymnast
  • Oscar M. Fritz (1878-1957), American jurist
  • Roger Fritz (born 1936), German actor, director, producer and photographer
  • Taylor Fritz (born 1997), American professional tennis player

Given name[edit]

Nickname, ring name or code name[edit]

  • Fritz, nickname of Walter F. Mondale, former Vice President of the United States and U.S. senator from Minnesota
  • Fritz Von Erich (1929–1997), ring name of American professional wrestler and promoter Jack Adkisson
  • Fritz or Fritzchen, German code name for Second World War Allied double agent Eddie Chapman
  • Fritz, nickname of John F. Van de Kamp (born 1979), competitive runner and overall winner of 17 marathons including the Ogden Marathon (5 times), Salt Lake Marathon (3 times), Deseret News Marathon (2 times), St. George Marathon (1 time), PR 2:20:25

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Fritz the Cat, an anthropomorphic cat from the comic strip of the same name
  • Count Fritz von Tarlenheim, in Anthony Hope's novel The Prisoner of Zenda, its sequel, Rupert of Hentzau, and various film adaptations
  • FitzChivalry Farseer, from Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer Trilogy, is the illegitimate son of Prince Chivalry Farseer and a woman of the Mountain Kingdom.
  • Friedrich (Fritz) Von Trapp, from The Sound of Music
  • Fritz, the name for a doll in the story 'Fritz' by Satyajit Ray.

See also[edit]

  • Fritz, a chess program
  • Frits, another given name
  • Frit, a ceramic composition