The name Fritz originated as a German nickname for Friedrich (Frederick) from which several other names are derived including: Fritzsche, Fritsch, Fritsche and Fritzsch. Kings Frederick II and Frederick III of Prussia were also known by the name. The British used a variety of epithets for the Germans during both world wars. While "Fritz" and may appear more genial in nature, especially being a shortened version of a common name, others were clearly more derogative: Hun, Boche and Kraut, none of which today are acceptable.
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