F names, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Ferdinand is an Italian and Spanish name made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning “dangerous journey” or “brave journey”; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning “peace”. Ferdinand is also a surname originating from the given name. Ferdinand was the name of a character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1610-11), the name of a prince of Naples and the love interest of Miranda.

Nicknames: Ferdy/Ferdi/Ferdie, Ferd

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic


Male forms:

  • Fernand (French)
  • Fernando (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Ferdinando (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)
  • Ferran (Catalan)
  • Ferdynand (Polish)
  • Ferdinánd (Hungarian)
  • Nándor (Hungarian)
  • Fernão (Portuguese)
  • Hernando, Hernán, Nando (Spanish)


Female forms:

  • Ferdinanda (Italian)
  • Fernanda (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Fernande (French)


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