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Quick Facts on Frederick

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 492
Simple meaning:
Peaceful ruler

Characteristics of Frederick

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Frederick

Frederick has Old French origins from the Germanic elements “frid” meaning ‘peace’ and “rīc” meaning ‘ruler, power’. Frederick has a long and noble history dating back to the Middle Ages on continental Europe. The name was borne by several Archdukes of Austria (12th to 13th centuries); Holy Roman Emperors (12th to 15th centuries); Kings of Denmark (15th to 20th centuries); Kings of Prussia (17th to 19th centuries); and Kings of Saxony (18th to 20th centuries). The Norman French introduced the name to England in the 11th century but it did not take hold among the British until centuries later under the influence of the House of Hanover, the German dynasty who assumed the British throne in 1714 starting with King George I (who also happened to be the grandfather of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia). Another famous name bearer was American Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), a former slave turned powerful orator and abolitionist. Variations of this name include Fredrick (Finnish); Frédéric (French), Friedrich and Fritz (German); Fredo (Italian), Federico (Spanish). Diminutives and pet forms are Fred, Freddie and Freddy. Frederick is surprisingly more popular in England today than you might think – currently a Top 100 favorite over the pond.

Popularity of the Name Frederick

Frederick has had an interesting ride on the U.S. popularity charts. As with the British, the name Frederick has been a long time favorite and time tested among Americans dating back to the 18th century. By the end of the 19th century, this name was on the Top 50 list of most heavily used male names in the United States. Frederick remained on the Top 100 most popular names list until falling off in 1958. From that point on, the name showed a very slow and modest decline as the decades advanced toward the 21st century. It wasn’t really until the 1990s that Frederick went quickly out of vogue dropping much more significantly in usage year over year. Like Arthur, Louis and Walter – Frederick is considered yesteryear. However, there remains something undeniably handsome and dignified about this name. It is as strong and confident as Captain Frederick Wentworth, Jane Austen’s romantic hero from her 1818 novel “Persuasion”. Frederick remains classic and timeless if even a bit too old-fashioned for many parents of today. Fritz and Freddie are cute nicknames (you could even use Derrick). Like many names of Germanic origin, Frederick is more sturdy and powerful sounding than the romantic Latin-based names. But it also has a nice balancing, yin-yang quality with the duel meanings of “power” and “peace”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Frederick
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Frederick

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Frederick

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Frederick

    Duke Frederick (As You Like It) Frederick is a character in William Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy, As You Like It, believed to have been written in 1599/1600 and likely first performed in 1603. Frederick is the usurper of his brother’s throne, and only allows his niece, Rosalind, to remain at court because she is the best friend and cousin of his own daughter, Celia. Frederick eventually banishes Rosalind, and she and Celia run away together to the Forest of Arden in – guess what? – disguises, Rosalind as a young man and Celia as a poor young girl. Here they meet up with the exile Duke Senior and of course, many of his supporters and various hangers-on. While a lot of cross-dressing and merry-making is going on, Duke Frederick mounts an army against his exiled brother, but abruptly aborts his mission when he meets and is converted by an old religious hermit. Frederick now becomes the good guy – he restores the court to his brother, renounces his old life and remains in the forest to live a life of religious contemplation. So everybody does live happily ever after!

    Frederick Tingley (Northanger Abbey) Frederick Tingley is a character in Jane Austen’s novel, Northanger Abbey, published posthumously in 1817. Captain Frederick Tilney is the quintessential bad boy, kind of a “Wild One” Marlon Brando type for the 18th century – this is going to make us like him right away. He pursues Isabella Thorpe, even though that young lady is already engaged to the heroine Catherine’s brother, James Morland. We need to give Isabella her share of the blame here – as soon as her fiancé is out of sight, he’s out of mind. She is disappointed that he is not as wealthy as she had imagined, and she is ripe picking for the likes of Frederick. She flirts shamelessly with Frederick, even when James has returned to town, much to James’ embarrassment. James breaks off the engagement and Isabella’s reputation is in tatters. Exit Captain Frederick Tilney. So, yes, he has behaved badly, but he didn’t do it alone. We say, cut him some slack!

    Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion) Frederick Wentworth is the young, handsome, ambitious (but poor) naval officer with whom Anne Elliot falls in love in Jane Austen’s final completed novel, Persuasion, published in 1817. Having been “persuaded” by her vain, aristocratic family to break with him, she does so, only to encounter him seven years later, now wealthy and remotely unforgiving of her. In the meantime, Anne’s family’s fortunes have decreased, due to the profligate nature of her father. It is Captain Frederick Wentworth who now proves to be the more desirable match. Frederick is the epitome of the self-made man who rises in society due to his hard work and application rather than by the mere acquisition of money passed down through generations. To his credit, Frederick does not allow his having been once rejected to rule his actions. Through more meetings and interactions with Anne, he comes to realize that she is, indeed, a fine woman who had been wrongly “persuaded” against him as a girl. Laying false pride aside, Frederick makes another overture to Anne, and we are given not just a happy “Cinderella” ending, but a vision of a future for this couple that will thrive on respect and equality.

  • Popular Songs on Frederick

    Popular Songs on Frederick

    Charlie and Fred - a song by the Hollies

    Egg Shaped Fred - a sing by Mansun

    Fisticuffs in Frederick Street - a song by Toy Dolls

    Fred - a song by Rodney Carrington

    Fred Bear - a song by Ted Nugent

    Fred Jones, Part 2 - a song by Ben Folds

    Fred Neil Medley - a song by Jerry Jeff Walker

    Frederick - a song by Patti Smith

    Hey Fred - a song by Rehab [explicit]

    Hey Frederick - a song by Jefferson Airplane

    Waitin' for Fred - a song by Walter Egan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Frederick

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Frederick

    A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass (David A. Adler) - A biography of the man who, after escaping slavery, became an orator, writer, and leader in the abolitionist movement in the nineteenth century. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Fred and Ted Go Camping (Peter Eastman) - Fred and Ted—beloved canine stars of P. D. Eastman’s Big Dog…Little Dog—are back in an all-new Beginner Book written and illustrated by P. D.’s son, Peter Eastman! In this story Fred and Ted go camping, and as usual, their uniquely different approaches to doing things (such as packing equipment, setting up camp, and fishing techniques) have humorous—and sometimes surprising—results. A charming introduction to opposites that beginner readers will find ruff to put down! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Fred and Ted Like to Fly (Peter Eastman) - Fred and Ted—beloved canine stars of P. D. Eastman's Big Dog…Little Dog and son Peter Eastman's Fred and Ted Go Camping—take flight on a new adventure: piloting planes to a tropical island! There the good friends enjoy the beach, each in his own style. But will the dogs' tale be ruined by the rising tide? It's a close-call for Fred and Ted in this charming introduction to opposites! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Fred and Ted's Road Trip (Peter Eastman) - Fred and Ted—beloved canine stars of P.D. Eastman's Big Dog…Little Dog and son Peter Eastman's Fred and Ted Go Camping and Fred and Ted Like to Fly—are on the move once again in Fred and Ted's Road Trip, the 100th Beginner Book published since Dr. Seuss launched the series in 1957 with The Cat in the Hat. In their latest adventure, Fred and Ted pack a picnic basket, jump in their cars, and hit the open road—but as usual, things don't go as the doggy duo plan. They encounter muddy roads, thunder and lightning, tire-piercing cacti, and overenthusiastic tire inflating that almost sends Fred into orbit! Perfect for P. D. Eastman fans, dog lovers, and families on car trips, this is a beginner reader that harkens back to the best of the Beginner Books edited by the Good Doctor himself. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Fred and the Little Egg (Julia Rawlinson) - "Fred wants to hatch an egg. So he sets off to find an egg of his very own. And it isn't long before he finds a teeny weeny brown egg that needs a little bear like Fred to care for it. But bears don't have eggs, do they? 'This bear does!' says Fred proudly. But does he really? Fred, the little bear, learns all about caring and nurturing in this gently humorous story." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Fred Stays With Me! (Nancy Coffelt) - Told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced, Fred Stays with Me follows a girl and her dog, Fred, from one parent's house to the other's, giving her a sense of continuity and stability. With a simple text and childlike language, the story expresses and addresses a child's concerns, highlights the friendship between child and pet, presents a common ground for the parents, and resolves conflict in a positive way. Tricia Tusa's charming and whimsical artwork adds a light, happy feel to this poignant--but not overly sentimental--story. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Fred the Firefighter: Jobs People Do (Felicity Brooks) - Each book in this series follows a main character through a working day, with plenty of excitement and drama along the way. Written in conjunction with experts in each field, these books also contain accurate detail to give children a taste of what people really do at work. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Fred The Fireless Dragon (Nancy J. Butler) - Fred the dragon has a problem. He is the only 'fireless' dragonhe is unable to blow flame. Fred embarks on an epic journey through the forest, seeking advice from his woodland friends, and eventually stumbles upon a simple and surprising solution. Join author Nancy J. Butler and the loveable Fred on his quest for fiery breath, and help him find out how to no longer be Fred the Fireless Dragon. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Frederick (Leo Lionni) - Frederick, the poet mouse, stores up something special for the long cold winter. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick seems to daydream the summer away. When cold weather comes, it is Frederick the poet-mouse who warms his friends and cheers them with his words. Teaches the importance of art and poetry... as food for the spirit! Awards: A Caldecott Honor Book; an ALA Notable Children's Book; and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year! First published in 1967. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Frederick and His Friends: Four Favorite Fables (Leo Lionni) - Here in one sumptuous collection are four timeless picture book classics by Leo Lionni: Frederick, Swimmy, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, and Fish Is Fish. In this volume, meet Frederick, the poet field mouse whose happy memories help his family endure through the darkest days of winter; Swimmy, the imaginative minnow who uses his small size in a big way; Alexander, the mouse who learns the magic of friendship; and a fish who discovers that life in a small pond isn’t so bad after all. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Frederick's Fables: A Treasury of 16 Favorite Leo Lionni Stories (Leo Lionni) - In honor of the 30th anniversary of the publication of Frederick, Knopf is pleased to issue an expanded collector's edition of Leo Lionni's timeless tales that celebrate the power of imagination and the human spirit. With the addition of three new titles--Matthew's Dream, An Extraordinary Egg, and Six Crows--this magnificent treasury now contains 16 unabridged stories, including three Caldecott Honor books and Lionni's inimitable full-color artwork gracing every page. Add a striking new cover and a fascinating introduction by the author, and this is a volume no Lionni fan will want to be without. In a pointer review of the 1985 edition, Kirkus Reviews said, "Lionni's stories are simple and elegant, his pictures are nothing short of stunning. Splashy colors, inventive collages, whimsy, and a sense of wonder are all here in abundance. A splendid collection...not to be missed." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass (James Daley) - This anthology comprises speeches by influential figures in the history of African-American culture and politics. Contents include the famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech by Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass' immortal "What, to the Slave, Is the Fourth of July?" Martin Luther King, Jr.,'s "I Have a Dream," Barack Obama, and many others. Recommended for ages 13+

    My Friend Fred (Hiawyn Oram) - Grace and her dog, Fred, do everything together. Fred is mine, thinks Grace. My friend Fred. Grace's sister, Sarah, who has lots of friends, tells Grace that Fred is the family dog, not just her dog. One day when Sarah's friends come over she invites Fred the family dog to play ball. Grace does not want to share Fred. She takes him to her room and shuts the door tight. But for the first time ever, Fred does not want to play with her. Grace learns that friends don't keep friends all to themselves in this heart-warming doggy tale about sharing! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass) - Published in 1845, this autobiography powerfully details the life of the internationally famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass from his birth into slavery in 1818 to his escape to the North in 1838 - how he endured the daily physical and spiritual brutalities of his owners and drivers, how he learned to read and write, and how he grew into a man who could only live free or die. In his introduction, Houston A. Baker, Jr., discusses the slave narrative as a distinct American literary genre and points out its social, political, historical, and literary significance, past and present. Recommended for ages 14-18.

    Principal Fred Won't Go to Bed (Carolyn Crimi) - After a long day at school, Principal Fred slips into his pajamas to get ready for bed. But something is missing – where is his bear? "I need Bear!" Fred yells as he races down the stairs. He zigs and he zags and he hops across chairs. Follow Principal Fred and his family as they dash and they crash and they search for the principal’s favorite stuffed animal. Mixed media illustrations by Donald Wu help bring this bedtime romp to a fitting conclusion. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Grateful Fred (Greg Trine) - Bad guys tremble at the sound of his name! Dear Melvin, We need your help. Someone has been sending us threatening letters. We don't know who it is. Please come to our concert tonight, just in case. Sincerely, Fred of The Grateful Fred. Someone is out to get the Grateful Fred, Melvin Beederman's all-time favorite rock-and-roll band. Can he and his partner-in-uncrime, Candace, find out who it is before it's too late? Or will Joe the Okay Guy turn into Joe the Bad Guy and put an end to the Grateful Fred once and for all? In this third installment of the Melvin Beederman series, only the narrator knows for sure! Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Frederick

    Famous People Named Frederick

    Famous People Named Frederick - Frederick Douglass (abolitionist); Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz, actor, dancer); William Frederick Durst (aka Fred Durst, musician); Sir Frederick Grant Banting (co-discoverer of insulin); Freddie Prinze (born Frederick Karl Pruetzel, actor); Friedrich Nietzsche (philosopher); Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, musician); Frederick (several kings, archdukes and Holy Roman Emperors throughout Europe)

  • Children of Famous People Named Frederick

    Children of Famous People Named Frederick

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Frederick - Frederick Douglass (social reformer, orator); Harriet Beecher Stowe (abolitionist, writer); Ulysses S. Grant (U.S. President); Frank Borman (astronaut)

  • Historic Figures

    Frederick - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Frederick Douglass (c. Feb 1818 – 20 Feb 1895) - Frederick Douglass is the protagonist of his own memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, penned by the famous former slave and orator himself and published in 1845, greatly influencing the abolitionist movement. He describes the evils and brutality of the slave system into which he was born, he knows not what year. Very possibly the son of the plantation owner, Frederick never really knows his mother, having been separated from her at a very young age. Frederick paints a picture for us of a world cruelly experienced, of a world in which one human can be owned by another, in which overwork and beatings are the everyday norm. From such oppressive beginnings, the mighty spirited Frederick rises to undreamt of heights, self-educating and paving the road to personal enlightenment. Never does he stray from his commitment to assisting those whose fate matched his own and to abolishing the demonic system that allowed it to be so.

Personality of the Boy Name Frederick

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Frederick

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