Frederick (also spelled Frederic) is a masculine given name that means "peaceful ruler". The name is the English form of the German name Friedrich. This name ranked among the top 100 masculine names for the United States between 1880 and 1957. After that, the name became less popular. The name was number 536 in popularity in the United States in the late 2000s. At the same time it was number 99 in England. As Frederic, the name was used on a hurricane that struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in September 1979.