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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".

Joyfully Japanese

Aoi 

Girls:

Mariko
Sayuri
Keiko
Yuina
Aoi
Tomoko
Haruna
Kiku
Miu
Sachiko
Megumi
Suzu
Nanami
Umeko
Izumi
Akiko
Tsubame
Kohaku
Madoka

Boys:

Osamu
Kenta
Ren
Yamato
Itsuki
Naoko
Kaede
Fumio
Yuuta
Daisuke
Kaito
Sora
Hiroto
Akira
Kenji
Toshio
Akio
Noboru
Shouta
Kyou
Katsuo

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