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Of Germanic origin.

Means peaceful ruler.

An English name, deriving from the Old High German “Frithuric”, which is a combination of “frid” and “rik”.

“Frid” means peace, protection and “rik” means mighty, ruler.

It was a common name in the Germanic speaking regions of Europe.

Frederick was borne by several rulers and royals in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia.

In the United States, it was among the top 100 names in the late decades of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

Feminine forms of the name are: Frederica, Rika, Rikke.

Other forms of the name are: Fred, Freddie, Fridrick, Frederic, Rickey, Fryderyk, Rich.

Famous bearers are Frederick Forsyth, Fred “Sonic” Smith (born Frederick Dewey Smith), Frederick Carlton “Carl” Lewis.

English author Frederick Forsyth is one of the world’s leading thriller writers, a true master story teller.

He was the youngest pilot in the Royal Air Force. He, later, worked as a BBC journalist and a Reuters reporter.

Almost all of this books rank in the best-sellers lists worldwide and more than 10 of them have been adapted for the movies.

“The Day of the Jackal”, “The Odessa File”, “The Fourth Protocol”, “The Cobra”, “The Dogs of War”, are some of his most known thrillers.