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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".

The Children of Ludovika of Bavaria

Ludovika of Bavaria
Princess Ludovika of Bavaria was born Marie Ludovika Wilhelmine to Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and Karoline of Baden. She married Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria, or "Max".
Their children were:

Ludwig Wilhelm, "Ludwig Wilhelm, Duke in Bavaria", or "Louis"

Wilhelm Karl, "Wilhelm Karl, Duke in Bavaria"

Helene Caroline Therese, "Helene, Duchess in Bavaria", "Helene, Hereditary Princess of Thurn and Taxis", or "Néné"

Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, "Elisabeth, Duchess in Bavaria", or "Sisi", later "Empress Elisabeth of Austria"

Karl-Theodor, "Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria", or "Gackl"

Marie Sophie Amalie, "Marie Sophie, Duchess in Bavaria", later "Marie Sophie, Queen of the Two Sicilies"

Mathilde Ludovika, "Mathilde Ludovika, Duchess in Bavaria", later "Mathilde Ludovika, Countess of Trani"

Maximilian, "Maximilian, Duke in Bavaria" (Stillborn)

Sophie Charlotte Augustine, "Sophie Charlotte, Duchess in Bavaria", later "Sophie Charlotte, Duchess of Alençon"

Maximilian Emmanuel, "Maximilian Emmanuel, Duke in Bavaria", or "Mapperl"

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