"bold voyager"

Ferdinand Origin and Meaning

The name Ferdinand is a boy's name of German origin meaning "bold voyager".

Ferdinand, a traditional name in the royal families of Spain and a handsome young prince shipwrecked on Prosper's island in Shakespeare's The Tempest has, unfortunately, to the American ear a somewhat heavy and clumsy feel – most likely because of the bull connection. In the 1880's it was in the 200's on the US pop list, but has been off completely since 1986.

The sleeker Spanish and Portuguese version Fernando, on the other hand, is Number 253 (and 28 in Chile, 59 in Spain). An interesting Dutch spin: the short form Dinand, after a popular singer. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to cross the Pacific and the first person to circumnavigate the earth.

# 986 in the US

Ferdinand Rank in US Top 1000

# 1242 on Nameberry

Ferdinand Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ferdinand Popularity

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Famous People Named Ferdinand

  • Ferdinand I and IIKings of Portugal
  • Ferdinand I and IIKings of Aragon
  • Ferdinand IIKing of Leon
  • Ferdinand IIII and IV, Kings of Castile and Leon
  • Ferdinand V and VIKings of Spain
  • Ferdinand I and IIHoly Roman Emperors
  • Ferdinand I and IIKings of Naples
  • Ferdinand I (Ferdinand Antonio Pasquale Giovanni Nepomuceno Serafino Gennaro Benedetto) and II (Ferdinando Carlo)Kings of the Two Sicilies
  • Ferdinand I (Ferdinand Maximilian Karl Leopold Maria of SaxeCoburg and Gotha), King of Bulgaria
  • Ferdinand I (Ferdinand Viktor Albert Meinrad)King of Romania
  • Ferdinand I (Ferdinand Charles Leopold Joseph Francis Marcelin)Emperor of Austria
  • Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos10th President of the Philippines
  • Ferdinand Édouard BuissonFrench winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Ferdinand MagellanPortuguese explorer
  • Ferdinand Jean Marie FochMarshal of France during WWI
  • Ferdinand Mongin de SaussureSwiss linguist
  • Ferdinand PorscheCzech auto engineer and founder of Porsche
  • Ferdinand von LindemannGerman mathematician
  • Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard von HabsburgAustrian racing driver
  • Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.birth name of Kareem Abdul,Jabbar, American basketball player
  • Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe aka Jelly Roll MortonAmerican jazz musician
  • Ferdinand MarieVicomte de Lesseps, French diplomat of the Suez Canal
  • Ferdinand BudickiCroatian auto pioneer
  • Ferdinand BolDutch painter
  • Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph MariaArchduke of Austria whose assassination began WWI
  • Ferdinand Maria Ludwig Franz von Assisi Isabellus Adalbert Ildefons Martin Bonifaz Joseph IsidroPrince of Bavaria, Infante Ferdinand of Spain
  • Ferdinand Philippe Marie d'Orléansduc d'Alençon, cousin of Queen Victoria
  • Ferdinand Georg AugustPrince of Saxe,Coburg and Gotha, German general
  • Ferdinand François Philippe Marie Laurent d'OrléansDuc de Montpensier
  • Ferdinand Philippe of OrleansPrince Royal of France
  • FerdinandPrince of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro (Ferdinando Maria Andrea Alfonso Marcus Borbone)
  • Ferdinand Maria Fidelis Leopold Meinrad ValentinPrince of Hohenzollern

Ferdinand in Pop Culture

  • Ferdinandcharacter in Shakespeare's play The Tempest
  • Ferdinand the Bulla mild mannered bull in The Story of Ferdinand
  • Ferdinand Griffonmain character in movie Pierrot le fou
  • Ferdinanda railway engine on animated series Thomas & Friends
  • Ferdinand Vaněka vaguely autobiographical character in several plays by Václav Havel
  • Ferdinand Holliecharacter on TV series "NYPD Blue"
  • Ferdinandthe duck in film "Babe"
  • Ferdinandcharacter on TV series Orphan Black
  • Ferdinandmain character in Disney film "Ferdinand"
  • Ferdinand "Foggy" Nelsoncharacter in Marvel's Daredevil series
  • Franz FerdinandScottish band
  • Ferdinand von Aegircharacter in Fire Emblem Three Houses video game