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ˈfɜr dnˌændfer·di·nand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ferdinand, King Ferdinand, Ferdinand of Aragon, Ferdinand V, Ferdinand the Catholicnoun

    the king of Castile and Aragon who ruled jointly with his wife Isabella; his marriage to Isabella I in 1469 marked the beginning of the modern state of Spain and their capture of Granada from the Moors in 1492 united Spain as one country; they instituted the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 and supported the expedition of Christopher Columbus in 1492 (1452-1516)


  1. Ferdinandnoun

    A male given name from the Germanic languages, best known for a 13th century king of Spain, but never popular in English.

  2. Ferdinandnoun

    A moon of Uranus.

  3. Etymology: From Spanish Ferdinando, from Proto-Germanic *fardiz ("journey") or *friþuz ("peace") + *nanþaz ("daring") (from the root of *ninþaną ("to be daring")). See also Frankish *Fardinanth.


  1. Ferdinand

    Ferdinand is a Germanic name composed of the elements frith "protection", frið "peace" (PIE *pri "to love, to make peace") or alternatively farð "journey, travel", Proto-Germanic *farthi, abstract noun from root *far- "to fare, travel" (PIE *par, "to lead, pass over"), and nanth "courage" or nand "ready, prepared" related to Old High German nendan "to risk, venture." The name was adopted in Romance languages from its use in the Visigothic Kingdom. It is reconstructed as either Gothic Ferdinanths or Frithunanths. It became popular in German-speaking Europe only from the 16th century, with Habsburg rule over Spain. Variants of the name include Fernán, Fernando, Hernando, and Hernán in Spanish, Ferran in Catalan, and Fernando and Fernão in Portuguese. The French forms are Ferrand, Fernand, and Fernandel, and it is Ferdinando and Fernando in Italian. In Hungarian both Ferdinánd and Nándor are used equally. The Dutch forms are Ferdinand and Ferry. There are numerous short forms in many languages, such as the Finnish Veeti. There is a feminine Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form, Fernanda.


  1. ferdinand

    Ferdinand is typically a male given name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements frith or frid which means "protection" and nanth which means "courage or daring". Several notable people in history and figures in literature have been named Ferdinand, such as King Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored Christopher Columbus's exploration, and the character Ferdinand in Shakespeare's "The Tempest". It's also the name of a popular children's book character, "Ferdinand the Bull".


  1. Ferdinand

    Ferdinand was a Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 1986 Kentucky Derby and 1987 Breeders' Cup Classic. He was voted the 1987 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. He entered stud in 1989 and was later sold to a breeding farm in Japan in 1994. Much to the outrage of many horse racing enthusiasts, reports indicate that in 2002 Ferdinand was sent to slaughter in Japan with no fanfare or notice to previous owners. He likely became either pet food or steaks for human consumption. Ferdinand's death was the catalyst for the Ferdinand Fee, an optional donation program to fund keeping old racehorses alive, and Friends of Ferdinand, a nonprofit group formed in 2005 with the goal of transitioning retired racehorses into second careers. In September 2006, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 503, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would ban the slaughter of horses in the United States. The bill did not make it out of committee in the Senate, however. In January 2007, the bill was re-introduced. As of 2012, the act has not been passed into law.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ferdinand is ranked #11653 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ferdinand surname appeared 2,690 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Ferdinand.

    54.2% or 1,460 total occurrences were Black.
    35.3% or 950 total occurrences were White.
    6.1% or 164 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 48 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ferdinand in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ferdinand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Ferdinand in a Sentence

  1. Ursula Piech:

    The life of Ferdinand Piech was shaped by his passion for automobiles and for the employees that create them. He remained an enthusiast engineer and car lover until the end.

  2. Leslie Kendall:

    If you put anybody with passing knowledge of automobiles in front of that car and asked them what it was, they would probably say' Ferdinand Porsche,' because it's really pretty obvious.

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