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What does Fernando mean?

Fernando Pronunciation of Fernando [fer-nan-do] as a boys' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Fernando is "ready journey". Fernando is an alternate spelling of Ferdinand (Old German): the original transcription is Ferdinando.


Fernando has 1 variant: Fernandas.

8 more relations via Ferdinand: Ferdinando, Ferdo, Ferdynand, Fernan, Fernand, Fernande, Hernan and Hernando.

1 feminine form: Fernanda.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Fernando?

Fernando is a very popular first name for males (#238 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#7161 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Fernando reached its highest position of #149 in the U.S. in 1997, and is at #269 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Ferdinand, Fernand and Hernan are the prominent variation forms of Fernando (#269 from recent data). Other variants, like Ferdynand, are seldom used. These relations of Fernando were favored a decade ago (usage of 0.1%) and are somewhat less widespread today (usage 0.1%, 50% less), with the version Ferdinand becoming less fashionable.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Arlando, Armando, Arnaldo, Barnardo, Bernald, Bernard, Bernardo, Bernhardo (see Bernard), Bertrando (see Bertram), Brando, Derland, Farand, Farnam, Farrand, Fermin, Fernald, Fernham (see Farnham), Ferran, Ferrand, Ferrant, Franco, Franio, Franko, Furman, Furmann (see Furman), Furnald, Geraldo, Gerardo, Germano, Heraldo, Hernandez, Jeraldo (see Jerald), Jerardo, Kernan, Leonardo, Normando, Orlando, Reinaldo, Renado, Renaldo, Renardo, Reynaldo, Reynardo, Vernados and Vernard. These names tend to be less commonly used than Fernando.

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