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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 Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part One)



Ever since I first saw "Kiki's Delivery Service" as a child, I've loved Miyazaki's work. I haven't seen a movie of his that I don't like, and that is indeed a feat. Here is the start of some posts in which I will feature some of the lovely names from his films. Today we are doing "Spirited Away".

Women:

Chihiro Ogino/Sen
Lin
Boh
Zeniba
Yubaba ("Bathhouse Witch")

Men:

Haku
Aogaeru
Kamajii ("Boiler Geezer")
Chichiyaku

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