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PronouncedPron.FER-dee-nant German
FER-dee-nahnt Dutch
FUR-d!-nand English

Meaning & History

From Ferdinando, the old Spanish form of a Germanic name composed of the elements fardi "journey" and nand "daring, brave". The Visigoths brought the name to the Iberian Peninsula, where it entered into the royal families of Spain and Portugal. From there it became common among the Habsburg royal family of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria, starting with the Spanish-born Ferdinand I in the 16th century. A notable bearer was Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), called Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese, who was the leader of the first expedition to sail around the earth.
VariantFernand French
DiminutivesFerdi German Ferdi Dutch Ferdie, Ferdy English
Feminine FormsFerdinanda German Fernande French
Other Languages & CulturesFerran Catalan Veeti, Vertti Finnish Ferdinánd, Nándor Hungarian Ferdinando Italian Ferdynand Polish Fernando, Fernão Portuguese Fernando, Hernando, Hernán, Nando Spanish
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Depiction of Ferdinand Magellan (1787)Depiction of Ferdinand Magellan (1787)

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 499


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute