What does Ferdinand mean?
Ferdinand \f(e)-rdina-nd, fer-di-nand\ as a boys' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Ferdinand is "ready journey". The original form is Ferdinando, which is of Germanic Visigothic origin, from fard "journey" (or frid "peace") and nand "ready, prepared". The name appears as Ferdenandus in Latin, and in early use "rn" and "rr" are used interchangebly, which led to the forms Ferrand or Ferrant. In Spain, it was used in forms starting with "H" instead of "F". It appeared in England in the 16th century, with Mary I's Spanish husband Philip II. Explorers Ferdinand Magellan, Hernando Cortez; former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos.
Ferdinand has 1 feminine form: Fernanda.
Ferdinand is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#845 out of 1220, Top 69%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#12616 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Ferdinand for boys. Ferdinand reached its highest position of #276 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Ferdinand and associated names. Ferd, Fernand, Fernando (#263 a year ago) and Hernan are the popular varying forms of Ferdinand. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.2596%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.1474%, down 43.2%), with the forms Ferd, Ferdinand and Hernan becoming less trendy. Fernando (#263) is the most trendy baby name here, and there is also a rekindling in birth name popularity for this name. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)