Friedrich or Frederick?

Ok, so my husband tested out [name_m]Johannes[/name_m] at work, and I guess the [name_m]German[/name_m] pronunciation isn’t going to work in the states as easily as I thought. Plus, even though [name_m]Johannes[/name_m] isn’t a common name in the states, [name_m]John[/name_m] is, and my husband doesn’t like that it’s basically a form of [name_m]John[/name_m]. So, onward and upwards to our new name consideration, [name_m]Fritz[/name_m]! We have both loved this name for many years, it’s spunky, fun, and easy to pronounce in English! :slight_smile: So we agree on [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] but which longer form to you prefer? My Great and Great-Great Grandfathers were [name_m]Frederick[/name_m], so naturally I prefer that form. I also think [name_m]Fred[/name_m] and [name_u]Freddie[/name_u] are cute and nice options, but my husband isn’t a fan of [name_m]Fred[/name_m]. He prefers the very Germanic form of [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m], which avoids [name_m]Fred[/name_m] and gets us to [name_m]Fritz[/name_m]. Would [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m] work in the states? I actually like the sound of [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m], but my problem is when I see it spelled out all I see is two words: [name_m]FRIED[/name_m] and [name_m]RICH[/name_m]. So that kind of bothers me, but let me know what you all think!

[name_m]Friedrich[/name_m] or [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] nn [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] with sisters [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f] “[name_f]Rosie[/name_f]” and [name_f]Elowen[/name_f] “[name_f]Ellie[/name_f]”? :slight_smile: Thanks!

I personally prefer [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] and also prefer [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] with [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f] and [name_f]Elowen[/name_f]. I knew two Fredericks, one went by [name_m]Fred[/name_m] and the other [name_u]Freddie[/name_u]. [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] is cute. I personally like [name_u]Freddie[/name_u].

I most definitely prefer [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m]! I remember it from The Sound of [name_f]Music[/name_f], as I’m sure most other people do, so pronunciation won’t be a problem. [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] is rather clunky, and in my opinion not quite ready for a comeback. [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] is a good nickname, and if he wants he could also have the option of [name_u]Free[/name_u] {how cool!}. Besides that, I think it goes better with the recognizable but slightly quirky sibset <3

I like both [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m] and [name_m]Frederick[/name_m], though I do prefer [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m]. That said, if you have given up [name_m]Johannes[/name_m] due to pronunciation issues, it might be best for you to go with [name_m]Frederick[/name_m], as there’s really no mispronouncing that. I do feel that [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m] fits better with [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f] and [name_f]Elowen[/name_f] though.

I like both names but I think [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m] will still have pronunciation issues. I think [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] nn [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] is handsome :slight_smile:

[name_m]Frederick[/name_m] is very handsome.

I don’t think Friedrich is horrible, but I also see FRIED RICH. I had a very good friend in grade school and we used to tell people it was pronounced “fried-rich” as a joke.

I prefer Frederick, though, especially with Rosamund and Elowen, and I think it lends well to either nickname - plus, it has more of a family connection. I would have Frederick on my own boy list if it weren’t for the fact that it is the surname of another very close friend, who will most certainly be around any children I have, so it would feel kind of weird for me to use it.

@kelchristmas, I swear every new post of yours makes me drool over your style more and more :slight_smile: I have to say I adore [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] and [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m]! And I like them better than [name_m]Johannes[/name_m], which I agree will be hard to pronounce in the US. My father-in-law’s name is [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] and he goes by [name_m]Fred[/name_m] now, but was [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] all during his childhood. I think if introduced as [name_m]Fritz[/name_m], it will definitely stick. So I think either will work, but if I had to choose I’d go [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m].

@meyera4 - We certainly have very similar taste and styles in the naming department! :slight_smile: I also love and appreciate all of your comments! A little off subject, but I’ve had Edelweiss as a GP name in the past. When we named our 2nd daughter [name_f]Elowen[/name_f], we started singing the song “Edelweiss” and replacing the word “Edelweiss” with her name and it sort of became her song. :slight_smile:

Thank you to everyone else for your comments so far. It seems like lately whenever I ask an either/or question, that the answers are almost perfectly split 50/50. But I’m so glad to hear everyones input, more is welcome. Thanks again!

I like both but I’m leaning towards [name_m]Frederick[/name_m]. I lived in Germany for a few years and I love [name_m]German[/name_m] names, but I think, recognizable as it is, [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m] is still going to present pronunciation issues in the States. I could imagine Americans getting confused and switching between a “sh” sound and a hard “k” sound at the end, even though the [name_m]German[/name_m] “ch” doesn’t really exist in English. I’m not sure what the middle will be, but I think [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] “[name_m]Fritz[/name_m]” [name_m]Johannes[/name_m] is a nice compromise.

I can’t tell you how much I love [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] as a nickname. SO MUCH.

I guess I’d go with [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] if you’re concerned about pronunciation issues in the US - I would have thought people would know how to say [name_m]Johannes[/name_m] before they’d know how to say and spell [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m]. I also like that [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] is a family honour name.

I like both [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m] and [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] (although I agree; I see words with [name_m]Friedrich[/name_m], too, and I think it sort of sounds odd in an American accent. I always want to say it with the [name_m]German[/name_m] intonation), and I think either could get you to [name_u]Freddie[/name_u] or [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] pretty easily. I personally am a big fan of the [name_m]French[/name_m] Frédéric (or even [name_m]Frederic[/name_m] without the accents), but if not that, then the classic [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] gets my vote. I think [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f], [name_f]Elowen[/name_f], and [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] are fantastic together! And either [name_u]Freddie[/name_u] or [name_m]Fritz[/name_m] is adorable. :slight_smile:

I love [name_m]Frederick[/name_m]!

Thank you all so much for the wonderful feedback!

@ashthedreamer - I love the [name_m]French[/name_m] spelling of [name_m]Frederic[/name_m], as well as the shorter Scandinavian version, [name_m]Fredrik[/name_m]!

I just came up with another family tree option that I’m loving even more than [name_m]Frederick[/name_m]/[name_m]Fritz[/name_m] so maybe I’ll post about that soon, assuming it meets DH’s approval! :slight_smile: Thanks again everyone!