Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. FEHR-dee-nant(German) FEHR-DEE-NAHN(French) FEHR-dee-nahnt(Dutch) FUR-də-nand(English) FEHR-dee-nand(Slovak) FEHR-di-nant(Czech)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From Fredenandus, the Latinized form of a Gothic name composed of the elements friþus "peace" (or perhaps farþa "journey" [1]) and nanþa "boldness, daring". 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.

Related Names

DiminutivesFerdi(German) Ferdi(Dutch) Ferdie, Ferdy(English) Ferdo(Slovene) Ferdo(Croatian)
Other Languages & CulturesFerran(Catalan) Veeti, Vertti(Finnish) Fen(Frisian) Fredenandus, Friþunanþs(Gothic) Ferdinánd, Nándor(Hungarian) Ferdinando, Nando(Italian) Ferdynand(Polish) Fernando, Fernão, Nando(Portuguese) Fernando, Hernán, Hernando, Nando(Spanish)
Same SpellingFerdinánd
User SubmissionFerdínand


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   complex   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Austria: May 30
Croatia: May 30
Croatia: July 13
Czechia: May 30
France: May 30
Germany: May 30
Slovakia: May 30
Sweden: April 3


Depiction of Ferdinand Magellan (1787)Depiction of Ferdinand Magellan (1787)


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 499.
Entry updated December 7, 2022