Fred - Meaning of Fred
[ 1 syll. fred, fr-ed ] The baby boy name Fred is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is FREHD (English) or FREHT (Dutch) †. Fred is used predominantly in the English, German, Polish, and Dutch languages, and it is derived from Old English and Germanic origins.
Fred is a contraction (English and German) of the name Alfred (Dutch, English, French, German, Polish, and Scandinavian).
Fred is also a contraction of the name Frederick (English).
Fred is also a variant (Polish) of the name Jeffrey (English).
Fred is also a pet form (Dutch and English) of the name Manfred (Dutch, English, German, and Polish).
Fred is also a contraction of the name Wilfred (English).
Fred is rare as a baby name for boys. In 1900, 1.014% of baby boys were given the name Fred. Its ranking then was #17. The baby name has since suffered a substantial fall in popularity, and is currently of sporadic use. In 2018, out of the group of boy names directly linked to Fred, Jeffrey was the most popular. Fred has predominantly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1929, baby boys named Fred outnumbered girls by 113 times.
† Pronunciation for Fred: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Fred:
Actor Fred Thompson, born 19 August 1942, Sheffield, Alabama.
Animated Character Fred Flintstone, born 1960.
Dancer Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz, 10 May 1899 - 22 June 1987, Omaha, Nebraska.
Footballer Fred Williamson, born 5 March 1938, Gary, Indiana.
Rock Musician Fred Durst, born William Fredrick Durst, 20 August 1971, Jacksonville, Florida.
TV Personality Fred Rogers, born 20 March 1928 - 27 February 2003, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.