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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".

Bottom of the Barrel: 1960's, Boys

Mick Jagger
Bottom 32 of the top 1000 for the 1960's.

Lennie
Glynn
Wilmer
Jere
Broderick
Coleman
Darry
Marcelino
Drake
Sandra
Norberto
Houston
Kipp
Irwin
Rogers
Hilton
Vic
Lavern
Donna
Buford
Ferdinand
Herschel
Jamal
Darian
Haywood
Rubin
Wilton
Clair
Mac
Arnoldo
Artie
Tyson

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