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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".

Names Worn by Brigitte Helm

Brigitte Helm in "Metropolis"

Brigitte Helm is rather iconic for her double role as Maria and the Maschinenmensch, in Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", in which she was only eighteen. Brigitte was the daughter of a Prussian Officer, and was somewhat forced into the audition for "Metropolis", after her mother sent pictures of her in to Lang's wife. She hated working under Lang, and refused to make a film with him again. Although she had a ten year contract with Universum Film AG, she angered the Nazi party after marrying Dr. Hugo von Kuenheim, who was Jewish. She eventually moved to Switzerland, and had four children with Hugo. She died in 1996 at the age of ninety.

Magda - "Am Rande der Welt" - A spunky short form of Magdalena, which takes some of the heft out of it, and makes it more accessible.

Vera - "Scandal in Baden-Baden" - Vera is perfect for the family looking for a multi-cultural name. It is used in Russia, Germany, Sweden, Macedonia, and Portugal, just to name a few. It means "faith", in Russian, and is sometimes thought to be related to the Latin verus, meaning "truth".

Alraune - "Alraune" - A name I couldn't find much information on. I know that it is German, and is a novel by Hanns Heinz Ewers, which was published in 1911.

Antinea - "Queen of Atlantis" - A few sources say this name is Portuguese, and is thought to be the name of the Queen of Atlantis, which obviously fits with the movie.

Lore - "Der Läufer von Marathon" - A name with two origins, and two meanings. In German, Lore is pronounced "LO-rah", and is a diminutive of Eleonore. In Basque it means "flower".

Marcella - "Spies at Work" - A beautiful name, and probably my favorite on this list. Marcella is the feminine form of Marcellus, which was originally a Roman family name. It can be pronounced "MAR-cell-ah", or "MAR-chell-ah".


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