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

The name Ferdinand is a boy's name of German origin meaning "bold voyager". Ferdinand and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Ferdinand

Ferdinand I and II, Kings of Portugal
Ferdinand I and II, Kings of Aragon
Ferdinand II, King of Leon
Ferdinand I, III and IV, Kings of Castile and Leon
Ferdinand V and VI, Kings of Spain
Ferdinand I and II, Holy Roman Emperors
Ferdinand I and II, Kings 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 Saxe-Coburg 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 Marcos, 10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Édouard Buisson, French winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer
Ferdinand Jean Marie Foch, Marshal of France during WWI
Ferdinand Mongin de Saussure, Swiss linguist
Ferdinand Porsche, Czech auto engineer and founder of Porsche
Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician
Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard von Habsburg, Austrian racing driver
Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., birth name of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player
Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe aka Jelly Roll Morton, American jazz musician
Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps, French diplomat of the Suez Canal
Ferdinand Budicki, Croatian auto pioneer
Ferdinand Bol, Dutch painter
Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria, Archduke of Austria whose assassination began WWI
Ferdinand Maria Ludwig Franz von Assisi Isabellus Adalbert Ildefons Martin Bonifaz Joseph Isidro, Prince of Bavaria, Infante Ferdinand of Spain
Ferdinand Philippe Marie d'Orléans, duc d'Alençon, cousin of Queen Victoria
Ferdinand Georg August, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, German general
Ferdinand François Philippe Marie Laurent d'Orléans, Duc de Montpensier
Ferdinand Philippe of Orleans, Prince Royal of France
Ferdinand, Prince of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro (Ferdinando Maria Andrea Alfonso Marcus Borbone)
Ferdinand Maria Fidelis Leopold Meinrad Valentin, Prince of Hohenzollern

Pop Culture References for the name Ferdinand

Ferdinand, character in Shakespeare's play The Tempest
Ferdinand the Bull, a mild mannered bull in The Story of Ferdinand
Ferdinand Griffon, main character in movie Pierrot le fou
Ferdinand, a railway engine on animated series Thomas & Friends
Ferdinand Vaněk, a vaguely autobiographical character in several plays by Václav Havel
Ferdinand Hollie, character on TV series "NYPD Blue"
Ferdinand, the duck in film "Babe"
Ferdinand, character on TV series Orphan Black
Ferdinand "Foggy" Nelson, character in Marvel's Daredevil series
Franz Ferdinand, Scottish band

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, Fernandu, Ferrante, Ferrand (French) Nandru (Romanian)


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.