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Free to a Good Home: Boys, pt. 1

Ferdinand - 
Origin: Germanic
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Brave voyager"
Pronunciation: FUR-di-nand
Other forms: Fernand, Ferran, Ferdinando, Ferdynand, Hernando, Nándor/ Ferdinanda, Fernande
Combos: Percy Ferdinand, Jasper Ferdinand, Ferdinand Xavier, Ferdinand Poe

I think this name is regal and handsome, and has a wonderful meaning along with a great history, having been used by both Shakespeare and royalty alike. Ferdinand came from Ferdinando, an old Spanish form of a Germanic name made up of the elements fardi, "journey", and nand, which meant "brave" or "daring". Put together more poetically it's "brave voyager". Ferdinand hasn't ranked in the US since 1971, when it was way at the bottom at #984.  This name first truly struck me when I saw actor Sir Ben Kingsley used it for one of his sons (the other two are named Thomas Alexis and Edmund), who is also an actor and most famously plays Charles Elmé Francatelli on "Victoria".

Birth Announcements from the Telegraph

Girls:

Mathilda Elizabeth Violet
Iróna Grace
Clementine Agnes Lavinia
Lillian Poppy Saxty
Imogen Flora
Betsan Rosita River (A sister for Griff)

Cecily Bohème
Arabella Daisy (A sister for Georgina, Rose, and William)
Florence Elizabeth Swan (A sister for William, and Daisy)
Isla Eluned
Petra Alberta Juno
Verity Beatrix (A sister for Hector, and Henrietta)


Boys:

Hamish Malyn Richard
Alec Jay Sebastian

Edward James (A brother for Amalie, and Max)
Brodie Henry
Constantine
Frederick Christopher Giles
Toby Owen Leonard (A brother for Cara Mary, and Theo Peter)
Xavier Alfred Basil
Broderick Grey and Graham Sparks
Sterling Botolph

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