Gender: Male Meaning of Ferdinand: "bold voyager" Origin of Ferdinand: German

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 sexier Spanish and Portuguese version, 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.

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Ferdinand's International Variations

Fernão (Portuguese) Fernán, Ferdi, Hernando, Nando, Ferni, Ferdo, Fernando, Ferdinando, Fernandeo, Ferdino (Spanish) Ferrando (Italian) Nándor (Hungarian) Ferdynand, Ferdynandy (Slavic) Fernand, (French)


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