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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".

Boyish


For me, I love the thought of a frilly name with a edgy boyish nickname to fall back on. It seems to balance out the overwhelming fluff of some of these, making them much more usable for real life.

Evangeline - Evan
Augusta - Gus
Catherine/Katherine - Kit
Harriet - Harry
Josephine - Jo
Alexandra/Alexandria/Alexandrine/Alexandrina - Alex, Alec
Charlotte - Charlie
Wilhelmina - Will, Billie
Petra - Pete, Petey
Maximilienne, Maxine - Max
Jessamy, Jessamine - Jessie
Thomasina, Thomasine - Tom, Tommy
Roberta - Robbie, Bobbie
Theodora, Theodosia - Teddy, Theo
Aurora, Aurore - Rory
Jacqueline - Jackie, Jack
Johanna - Johnnie/Johnny, Jo
Veronica - Ronny/Ronnie
Francesca, Francisca, Francine - Frankie
Bernadette - Bernie, Bern
Phillipa/Philippa - Phil, Philly, Pip
Artemis, Artemisia - Art, Artie
Louise, Louisa, Luella/Louella - Lou, Louie
Martina - Marty
Edwina - Eddie
Callista, Callisto, Calixta, Calypso - Cal
Georgia, Georgina, Georgiana - Georgie
Henrietta - Hal
Antonia, Antonella, Antonina - Toni
Winifred - Fred, Freddie

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