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Meaning and name origin
Ferdinand \f(e)-rdina-nd, fer-di-nand\ as a boy's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Ferdinand: Fernanda.
Ferdinand is a somewhat popular first name for males (#845 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#18236 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ferdinand for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ferdinand and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ferd, Ferdinand, Fernand, Fernando and Hernan. (2015 statistics).
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