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What does Fern mean?

Fern Pronunciation of 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".

Associated with: old english, nature, green, white.


Fern has 2 variants: Ferna and Ferne.

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fern name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fern outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fern, Fernanda, Ferne, Nan in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fern and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested 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.

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