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American singer Fern Kinney and actress Fern Fitzgerald.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2019
'Fern Dell' is a song from the album 'Amanda Leigh' by American singer and actress Mandy Moore.
Lumi  1/9/2019
To be named after a peaceful plant full of ancient destiny is a gift and a virtue.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2018
I particularly like it as a middle name.
futuremother99  9/27/2018
This sounds so unappealing and so outdated.
― Anonymous User  8/31/2018
kayisforkeen  8/19/2018
Despite Fern being a seemingly elegant name in most literary pieces using it, I can't help but associate it with something that's anything but that. Thanks to the popular cartoon series, "Adventure Time," this name now holds a different emotional significance, and a different meaning all together, since it was the used by a certain volatile plant based character. This character displays traits that go against the name's original meaning, with the biggest difference being the gender association. The Fern featured in the show is violent and over the top, not elegant and pristine.

Honestly though, he's probably the best character out there with this name.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2018
Most of the associations here are lovely. I help people by phone all day and people warm up to me almost immediately when they hear my name. I am tall and so are the prehistoric Giant Ferns. I like that.

There was an Aunt Fern who gave the newlyweds a $10 check for their wedding gift (Barefoot in the Park). Not great. But my grandmother was a sweet Aunt Fern to so many, and my Mom and I refer to each other as Fern, our little private club (I'm a 3rd generation Fern).

It only sounds ugly when people who are mad at me say it. I chuckle at my nicknames: Wernsie, Fernsie, Fernikins (to my Mom-mom), In-Fern-no (!), even Fringe (I had very creative friends). EVEN Fernella.

I DON'T like being called Fran, Dawn or Pearl!

So nice to read all these comments as there is no historical context for the name. This kind of gives me "roots." (Heh heh).
TallFern  2/1/2018
My dad's mom's mother was Dora Fern. I like the combo a lot. I would use Fern to honor her as a middle name.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2018
Okay, but who would name someone a plant?
― Anonymous User  1/12/2018
My name is Fern, that was taken from my mother's maiden name Feron, & I did wish she would have named me Feron (pronounced Fair-on) because everyone wants to lengthen my name;
My nicknames are the user name here: fernuswitty, fernus, fernsky, fiddlehead, flern, I am sure there are some I have missed.
I am forever being called Fran, HATE that.
Asked if Fern is short for something, Fernanda?

No, it's Fern like the plant, same spelling, except I am not green & if I am please call a doctor ;)
I do like my name, as it's different, like me ;)
I do suit my name. I just cannot picture me being a Mary, a Margaret, or Jennifer...
Nothing wrong with those names, but I just would not be me!

I have met a few Ferns & a little odd when you do, but a great odd, like you know them already!

So if your name is Fern, own it, love it, and be proud!
fernuswitty  7/1/2016
The name Fern was given to 85 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
In E.B. White's novel 'Charlotte's Web', Fern is the little girl who adopts Wilbur the pig. :)
iamauser  3/19/2016
Fern is a nickname for Fernanda.
earthnut  10/14/2015
Fern: Down-to-earth. Honest. Elegant. Free-spirited. Classic. Youthful. Artistic.
A Fern is one of the oldest plants on the Earth. I actually like the Fern Gully and Charlotte's Web references, but they shouldn't deter you from Fern if you don't. Fern has a long history of use (since the 1880s), so there have been many other Ferns.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2015
My grandmother's name. My great grandmother always had the plant for as long as I can remember. Almost sure she named her after her plant. But Fern is not a name I am fond of. It's a name that comes with a meanness attached to it.
Cortammiller  7/10/2015
Lovely but overlooked botanical name. Always reminds me of Fern Arable from Charlotte's Web and Fern Walters from Arthur--two very positive associations.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  4/6/2015
I've always adored this sweet name. (♥ó㉨ò)ノ♡ Fern is a breathtakingly beautiful and elegant nature name. It's cool, classy, smart-sounding & respectable, plus it has a nice homey feel to it. :) I imagine a kind, honest and friendly person with this name. (^^)bI admit, I do think of the character Fern Arable who's in Charlotte's Web, BUT that association doesn't ruin this name in any way for me! (So please don't be put off from it because of the book as it'd be such a huge shame to do.)
― Anonymous User  9/28/2014
Not referring to this name in particular, but has anyone noticed that a name you previously despised suddenly becomes beautiful when you meet someone you like who has it? It can change your whole concept of the name. (Moral; Don't despise ANY name! (Well, maybe manure or pigsty.))
Kosta  8/5/2014
My grandma's name is Fern and when she was young, people called her "Fernie" as a nickname. She didn't like her name because she wanted a popular name, though I love her name and it sounds calm and earthy, yet elegant.
ScarletChica  7/22/2014
I LOVE this name. It's a nature-related name that sounds AWESOME, and which is neither too common nor too outlandish.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2014
Really cute name for anyone elder or child its youthful sounding which is greatly good.
jazzycritique  5/18/2013
Why oh why did E.B. White use this name? I HATE that book Charlotte's Web. Now the name seems so childish and "kids bookish" if you get what I mean. It would have been quite elegant, beautiful and artistic otherwise. I wish I could forget the association.
thesnowwhiterose  5/6/2013
I think I like this name because of Charlotte's Web.
SEC908  5/3/2013
Actress Fern Andra (1893-1974).
moonbaby9307  12/29/2012
I'm the only person I know under 80 years old named Fern. I used to hate it when I was younger because, as simple as it looks, my name was always mispronounced. Everyone turned it into "Fran" or "Fren" somehow, even when I enunciated. In middle school people used to give me flak about having a weird inelegant name, and I still cringe whenever anyone says my name. Thankfully, High School students seem to be open to diversity. I've come to almost like the name in my old age (late teens).
fernsirius  5/5/2011
I think this is a great name that would suit any age. I also prefer it to the more strange spelling Fearne.
walesgal92  10/24/2009
The word Fern ultimately stems from a Sanskrit root, parnam, meaning "feather" - applied to the plant for its feather-like fronds.

Also, the plant's ability to appear as if from nothing accounts for the ancient belief that Fern seeds conferred invisibility.

- Source: The Online Etymology Dictionary (
New_Chloe  10/13/2009
Fern is the name of the lead character in "The Otherworldlies" by Jennifer Anne Kogler.
persephone1313  5/1/2009
Fern Britton (b. 1957), English TV presenter. She's the daughter of actor Tony Britton and has siblings Cherry and Jasper.
Jonquil  3/22/2009
It's beautiful but then ferns are beautiful things. I always picture a very free-spirited intellectual type.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2009
Fern is a character on the PBS kids' show "Arthur." She's very intellectual and is a poet, so I think of this name as very down-to-earth.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2008
The name 'Fern' is alright. I suppose one advantage of having it is that no-one ever forgets my name. Also, it can't be shortened. I would have preferred to have been called something with a little more of a meaning, myself. That description of a reclusive, sulky teenage girl is scarily accurate.
Ferngig  8/12/2008
Despite the similarity to the surname of the horrendous Sally Kern, I like this name, but she has still managed to ruin it in the sense that I woulld no longer want to use it. For some reason, this name always makes me picture a sarcastic, eccentric, somewhat reclusive, long- and dark-haired, a tad sulky teenage girl in some movie.
slight night shiver  4/22/2008
I really don't find this name appealing. It was also a name of a character in the movie "Jawbreaker".
Jasmine  2/28/2007
I think the name Fern is very beautiful.
jazzi  1/26/2006
I have a penpal in New Zealand named "Fern" and to me it sounds like a unique name. Only in German, "fern" means as much as "far away".
Paganqueen  7/16/2005
This has always been a literary name. Fern from Charlotte's Web?
― Anonymous User  5/16/2005
This is a literary name now: Fern Elston is a major character in Edward P. Jones' award-winning novel, The Known World.
Ceara Brede  2/8/2005

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