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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".

Bottom of the Barrel: 1920's, Boys



Bottom 32 of the top 1000 of the 1920's.

Refugio
Rollie
Melville
Archibald
Abram
Marcos
Laurel
Yoshio
Marcellus
Mitchel
Foy
Arley
Leopoldo
Kiyoshi
Reese
Marlyn
Arlin
Verner
Joy
Verle
Winton
Enrico
Worth
Manley
Federico
Oneal
Dorman
Elgin
Wilfrid
Lynwood
Harrell

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