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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Pop Culture References for the name Ferdinand

Ferd, Ferdie

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)


Renee5322 Says:


I honestly think this name is very handsome... just forget about the bull.

Beort12 Says:


"Ferdinand Magellan" is an anglicized version of his real name, Fernão de Magalhães, just to be clear. However, in modern (Brazilian) Portuguese Fernando is much more common than Fernão.

beachbear Says:


I had a childhood book about a bull named Ferdinand. So it's hard for me not to think of this as a name for a bull :).

peaseblossom Says:


I believe Ferdinand was shipwrecked on Prospero's island, not Prosper's.

eveyalecia Says:


I love Ferdinand! It's so fun and cute to me. I like the nicknames Ferdy and Nando.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


A stunning and most distinctive name. It's a true shame that names like Bentley and Jayden are so common now whereas true beauties such as Ferdinand remain forgotten.