Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Freddy

Freddy is an English diminutive of Frederick (similar to how Fritz is the German diminutive of Friedrich or Fredo is the Italian diminutive of Federico). Frederick originated as a Germanic name, from the elements “frid” meaning “peace” and “rīc” meaning “ruler, power”. Frederick has a long and noble history on continental Europe dating back to the Middle Ages. The name was borne by several Archdukes of Austria (12th-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 (after the Norman Conquest) 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 Fredrik (Scandinavian); Frédéric (French), Friedrich (German); Federico (Italian and Spanish). English diminutives and pet forms are Fred, Freddie and Freddy. They are also considered diminutives of Alfred.

All About the Baby Name – Freddy

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME FREDDY

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME FREDDY

As an independently given name in the United States, Freddy first hit the charts in 1925. Not surprisingly, in 1925 the simple one-syllable Fred was the 33rd most popular baby boy’s name nationwide and the three-syllable Frederick was ranked #65. The youthful and colloquial Freddy was a natural follower. Freddy’s modest success pretty much mirrored his more popular brothers as the decades progressed. Today Fred and Freddy are no longer popular, while the more traditional Frederick does “okay” in terms of usage. Freddy is akin to names like Jimmy and Tommy. It’s just so youthful and informal. We also can’t help but think of the poster boy of horror film villains: Freddy Krueger from “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984) and its sequels. Although we will say this: Freddy brightens up frumpy old Fred but if you’re feeling frisky then go with Fritz. Frederick is, of course, the choice for traditionalists.

Quick Facts

ON FREDDY

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

913

PRONUNCIATION:

FRED-ee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Peaceful ruler

Characteristics

OF FREDDY

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Freddy

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FREDDY

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Freddy

Popular Songs

ON FREDDY

Freddy My Love
a song by Cindy Bullens

Frog Named Freddy
a song by Melissa Ferrick

Do the Freddy
a song by the Adolescents

Famous People

NAMED FREDDY

Freddie Mercury (front man for Queen)
Freddie Prinze (actor)
Freddie Prinze, Jr. (actor)
Freddy Sanchez (baseball player)
Freddy Wexler (singer/songwriter/producer)
Freddy Fender (country musician)
Freddy Adu (soccer player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FREDDY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Freddy

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FREDDY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Freddy