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Of Germanic origin.

Short for Frederick and other names with the same element.

Other forms of the name are Freddie, Frederick, Fritz, Alfred, Fredrik,  Fryderyk, Manfred.

Famous bearers are Fred Astaire, Fred Durst, Fred Perry, Fred Armisen, Fred Thompson, Fred Schneider, Fred Dryer.

American dancer, actor, singer, choreographer and TV presenter, Fred Astaire was a major innovator in filmed dance.