What does Fern mean?
Fern [fern] as a girls' name is pronounced fern. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Fern is "fern". From fearn. A name from nature: green shade-loving plant. Short form of Fernanda. Used by E.B. White in "Charlotte's Web".
1 more alternative form via Fernanda: Nan▼.Creative forms:
(female) Fernna, Firn, ..
(male) Fernne, Fernno, .. Middle name pairings:
Fern Berkeley (F.B.), ..
How popular is Fern?
Fern is a very prominent first name for women (#552 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#11166 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Fern reached its peak position of #167 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Fernanda (#559 from recent data), Nan and Ferne are the prominent alternative forms of Fern. These relations of Fern were favored as birth names 115 years ago (usage of 0.1%) and are now significantly less common, with forms like Fern becoming somewhat outmoded.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Fan, Fara, Faren, Farin, Faryn, Faun, Fawn, Fe, Febe, Fedra, Fee, Fei, Fernly, Ferran, Ferryn, Fey and Fran. These names tend to be less frequently used than Fern.See names in meaning and etymology.