July 29, 2014 § 7 Comments
From the Germanic for “peaceful ruler”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Fedde, Federico, Federigo, Fred, Frederic, Frederik, Freddie, Freddy, Fredo, Fredric, Friedrich, Fritz, Ric, Rick, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Rico, Rik, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Frederick (called “Fred“, b. 1916), the eighth of the dozen Gilbreth children whose upbringing is related in Cheaper By the Dozen (1948) and Belles on Their Toes (1950), written by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.
– Frederick Augustus Bullock (called “Fred” by his family), the young man Maria Osborne hopes to marry in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
– Frederick Augustus Howard Stanley Devereux Bullock is Maria Osborne’s child with Fred Bullock, by whom she hopes to replace Georgy Osborne as heir to Mr. Osborne’s affections and fortune, in Vanity Fair.
– Frederick Deuceace, the gentleman whose house is purchased by Miss Crawley’s former butler, Mr. Charles Raggles, and later rented to Rawdon and Becky, in Vanity Fair.
– Frederick Lynn, one of the Lynn brothers who are members of Mr. Rochester’s social set, in Jane Eyre, 1847, by Charlotte Bronte.
– Frederick Pigeon, who loses badly while gambling at Becky’s house in Florence, in Vanity Fair.
– Frederick Winterbourne, the protagonist in Daisy Miller by Henry James (1879).
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