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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".

On My Mind: 6-23-14

Alex Kingston as River Song in "Doctor Who"
River - Kelly Clarkson just named her daughter River Rose. Although more usual for boys, it reminds me of River Song of "Doctor Who" and River Tam of "Firefly" and "Serenity".

 d'Artagnan - I really enjoyed the premiere of "The Three Musketeers" last night on BBC. I've always loved how romantic d'Artagnan sounds, and I wonder how it would work on a real person.

Gamora - I'm really excited for "Guardian of the Galaxy". Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, the last of her kind and reputedly "the most dangerous woman in the galaxy."

Bran - Bran, really Brandon, is one of the Starks in "Game of Thrones", a name that I think will, or should, catch on. It's short, simple, but undeniably masculine. It means "raven", and in Irish mythology it was the name of a mariner. In Welsh mythology Bran the Blessed was the son of the God Llyr.

Constance - Also in "The Three Musketeers", there is a girl named Constance, which I love. I'd really like to see it used more often.

Ephraim - Gullerimo del Toro's "The Strain", a new take on vampirism, features a character named Ephraim Goodweather.


  1. Hi Bree, I just noticed your age changed - happy birthday! :-)

  2. Oh, thank you! It was in April but I was lazy about getting around to changing it.


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