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What does Ferdinand mean?

Ferdinand Pronunciation of Ferdinand [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.

Associated with: peace, england, 16th century.


Ferdinand has 16 variants: Ferd, Ferdi, Ferdie, Ferdinando, Ferdo, Ferdy, Ferdynand, Fernan, Fernand, Fernandas, Fernande, Fernando, Hernan, Hernando, Nando and Nandy.

1 feminine form: Fernanda.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Ferdinand Constantine (F.C.), ..

How popular is Ferdinand?

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. Demographics)

Ferdinand entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #276 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Ferd, Fernand, Fernando (#269 a year ago) and Hernan are the popular varying forms of Ferdinand. These relations of Ferdinand were favored a decade ago (average #1425) and are somewhat less widespread today (#1653, down 50.1%), with the form Ferdinand becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ferdinand, Ferd, Fernand, Fernando, Hernan in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bertrand, Derland, Farand, Farrand, Farrimond, Farrimund, Fermin, Fernald, Ferran, Ferrin, Finan, Freeland, Furnald, Mariland (see Maryland) and Marriland (see Maryland). These names tend to be less frequently used than Ferdinand.

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