AskDefine | Define Ferdinand

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Contraction of Spanish Ferdinando, from Germanic farð "journey" or frið "peace" + nand "ready, prepared".

Proper noun

  1. A given name, best known for a 13th century king of Spain, but never popular in English.


male given name
  • Czech: Ferdinand
  • Danish: Ferdinand
  • Finnish: Veeti
  • French: Fernand
  • German: Ferdinand
  • Norwegian: Ferdinand
  • Spanish: Fernando
  • Swedish: Ferdinand


Proper noun

  1. A given name, cognate to Ferdinand.


Proper noun

  1. A given name, cognate to Ferdinand.


Proper noun

  1. A given name, cognate to Ferdinand.


Proper noun

  1. A given name, cognate to Ferdinand.


Proper noun

  1. A given name, cognate to Ferdinand.

Extensive Definition

Ferdinand is a Germanic given name composed of the words for prepared/protection/safety (frithu) and journey/boldness/recklessness (nantha). It is particularly common in nations and regions that were settled by the Visigoths: Fernando, Hernando, and Hernán in Spanish, Ferran in Catalan, and Fernando and Fernão in Portuguese. The Visigoths originally pronounced it as Frithnanth, later its Latinized form Frithunantus was pronounced that way by the Romans. According to Visigothic tradition it means "ardent for peace."
The French forms are Ferrand and Fernandel, and it is Ferdinando in Italian. In the United States the name has been Americanized into Fernie.

Royalty and Nobility

Iberian peninsula

Austrian and German states

Italian states

Balkan Peninsula

Other people


In the United States:

Other uses

See also

Ferdinand in Breton: Ferdinant
Ferdinand in Czech: Ferdinand (rozcestník)
Ferdinand in Estonian: Ferdinand
Ferdinand in French: Ferdinand
Ferdinand in Galician: Fernando
Ferdinand in Italian: Fernando
Ferdinand in Hebrew: פרדיננד
Ferdinand in Dutch: Ferdinand
Ferdinand in Japanese: フェルディナンド
Ferdinand in Low German: Ferdinand
Ferdinand in Polish: Ferdinand
Ferdinand in Portuguese: Fernando
Ferdinand in Slovak: Ferdinand
Ferdinand in Volapük: Ferdinand
Ferdinand in Chinese: 费迪南德
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