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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".


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And on to the men.

Michael Somes
Asaf Messerer
Pyotr Gusev
Ángel Corella
Theodore Kosloff
Laurent Hilaire
Askold Makarov
Tory Dobrin
Jacques d'Amboise
Kip Gamblin
Roberto Bolle
Rudolf Nureyev
Devin Alberda
Tama Barry
Palle Jacobsen
Spartak Hoxha
Igor Kolb
Lew Christiansen
Ethan Stiefel
Attila Bongar
Yat-Sen Chang
Jeronimo Forteza Ramos
Federico Bonelli
Nikolaj Hübbe
Rudi van Dantzig
Mats Ek
Nicolas Le Riche
Taras Domitro
Jeffrey Golladay
Mikhail "Misha" Baryshnikov
Flemming Flindt
Stéphane Bullion
Erik Bruhn
Chengwu Gao
Farukh Ruzimatov
Rupert Pennefather
Henning Kronstam
Jean-Lucien Massot
Leslie Edwards
Boris Fenster
Vakhtang Chabukiani
Maris Liepa
Jaap Flier
Thiago Soares
Arch Higgins
Léonide Massine
Aleksey Yermolayev
Pierre Beauchamp
Altin Kaftira
George Balanchine
Nacho Duato
Darius Barnes


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