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Related namesFriedrich, 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:

Parker Fritz: American artist (1984)


  • Amanda Fritz (born 1958), retired registered psychiatric nurse and politician from 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
  • Elisabet Fritz (died 1752), Swedish industrialist
  • 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
  • Lanja Fritz (born 1995), Nauruan sprinter
  • Madeleine Fritz (1896–1990), Canadian palaeontologist
  • Nel Fritz (born 1937), Dutch Olympic gymnast
  • Oscar M. Fritz (1878–1957), American jurist
  • Reinhold Fritz (1884–1950), German bass-baritone
  • 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]

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
  • Ymir Fritz, the progenitor (founding) titan from “Attack on Titan” and queen of the Eldians
  • 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.
  • Fritz, Dr Shultz's horse in Django Unchained
  • Fritz, Clara’s brother in the Nutcracker

See also[edit]

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


  1. ^ "1918: Fritz - Australian soldiers' relations with Germans". Australian War Memorial. Archived from the original on 17 March 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2018.