The name was originally a diminutive form of Friederich but has exclusively been used as an independent given name since the 19th-century.
The name was so common at the beginning of the 20th-century that the term fritz was often used by American and British troups during the Second World War to designate a random German soldier.
Like many other vintage names, Fritz has recently started to gain momentum in popularity in Germany. Currently, it is the 157th most popular male name in Germany, (2011).
A common nickname is Fritzi.