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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".

A Collection of Names Taken from Lithuanian Consorts

Ludwika Maria Gonzaga
I had tons of fun looking these up. My personal favorite is probably Jadwiga.

Morta
Ludmila of Masovia (?)
Vida
Olga Vsevolodovna of Smolensk
Ievna Ivanovna of Polotsk
Maria Yaroslavna of Vitebsk
Uliana Alexandrovna of Tver
Birutė
Jadwiga of Poland
Anna
Uliana Olshansky
Anna of Tver
Elisabeth of Austria
Helena of Moscow
Barbara Zápolya
Bona Sforza
Elisabeth of Austria
Barbara Radziwiłł
Catherine of Austria
Anna of Austria
Constance of Austria
Cecilia Renata of Austria
Ludwika Maria Gonzaga
Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria
Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Catherine Opalińska
Maria Josepha of Austria

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