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 "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. There are numerous short forms in many languages, such as the Finnish Veeti. There is a feminine Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form, ''Fernanda''.



*Ferdinand I of Aragon (1380–1416) the Just, King in 1412 *Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452–1516) the Catholic, King in 1478 *Ferdinand I of León (1015–1065) the Great, King of León and Castile in 1037 *Ferdinand II of León (1137–1188), King of León in 1157 *Ferdinand III of Castile (1199–1252) the Saint, King of Castile in 1217 and of León in 1230 *Ferdinand IV of Castile (1285–1312) the Summoned, King of Castile in 1295 and of León in 1301 *Ferdinand V of Castile (1452–1516) the Catholic - see Ferdinand II of Aragon *Ferdinand VI of Spain (1713–1759) the Learned, King of Spain in 1746 *Ferdinand VII of Spain (1784–1833), twice King of Spain: 1808 and 1813-1833 *Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria (1618–1641)


*Ferdinand I of Portugal the Handsome (1345–1383), King in 1367 *Ferdinand II of Portugal (1816–1885), second husband of Queen Maria II *Ferdinand, Count of Flanders (1188-1233), son of King Sancho I *Ferdinand the Holy Prince (1402–1443), youngest son of King John I *Ferdinand, Duke of Viseu (1433–1470), 2nd Duke of Viseu and 1st Duke of Beja, King Manuel's father *Ferdinand of Portugal, Duke of Guarda (1507–1534), 3rd son of King Manuel I of Portugal

Austria and German states

*Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (1503–1564), Emperor in 1556 *Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria (1529–1595), Governor in the Kingdom of Bohemia in Prague (1547-1567) and sovereign of Tyrol and Further Austria (1564-1595), in Innsbruck since 1567. *Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608-1657), King of Hungary and Croatia, King of Bohemia and Archduke of Austria *Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor (1578–1637), Emperor in 1619 *Ferdinand I of Austria (1793–1875), Emperor of Austria in 1835 * Ferdinand of Bavaria (1577-1650) Prince-elector archbishop of Cologne, prince-bishop of Hildesheim, Liège, Münster, and Paderborn *Ferdinand of Fürstenberg (1626-1683) Prince Bishop of Paderborn and Münster. *Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick (1721–1792) *Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg (1997), Archduke of Austria, Grandson to late Otto von Habsburg of Austria

Italian states

Naples, Sicily and the Two Sicilies

*Ferdinand I of Naples (1423–1494), King in 1458 *Ferdinand II of Naples (1469–1496), King in 1495 *Ferdinand III of Naples - see Ferdinand II of Aragon *Ferdinand IV of Naples - see Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies *Ferdinand I of Sicily - see Ferdinand I of Aragon *Ferdinand II of Sicily - see Ferdinand II of Aragon *Ferdinand III of Sicily - see Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies *Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (1751–1825) *Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (1810–1859), King from 1830 to 1859

Mantua and Montferrat

*Ferdinand or Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (1587-1626), Duke in 1612 *Ferdinand or Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat (1652-1708), Duke in 1665


*Ferdinand of Parma (1751–1802), Duke in 1765


*Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1769–1824), Grand Duke in 1790 *Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1835–1908), Grand Duke from 1859 to 1860


*Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (1861–1948), ''knyaz'' (prince) 1887–1908, ''tsar'' (emperor) 1908–1918


*Ferdinand I of Romania (1865–1927), became King 1914


* Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Denmark (1792-1863)

Other people

*Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., American basketball player who changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar *Fernando Alonso (born 1981), Spanish racing driver *Ferdinand Bol (1616–1680), Dutch Golden Age painter *Fernand Braudel (1902–1985), French historian *Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839- 1898)- British banker *Ferdinand Budicki (1871–1951), Croatian automotive pioneer *Ferdinand Porsche (1875- 1951), German automotive engineer and founder of Porsche *Ferd Burket (born 1933), American football player *Ferdinand Coly (born 1973), Senegalese footballer *Ferdinand Dennis (born 1956), Jamaican-born writer and broadcaster *Ferd Dreher (1913–1996), American football player *Ferdinand Fabra (1906–2007), German football manager *Ferdinand Foch (1851–1929), French marshal, Allied Supreme Commander in World War I *Ferd Hayward (1911–1988), Canadian racewalker *Ferran Hurtado (1951–2014), Spanish mathematician and computer scientist *Ferdinand van Ingen (born 1933), Dutch Germanist *Ferdinand Jodl (1896–1956), German World War II general, brother of Alfred Jodl *Ferd Johnson (1905–1996), American cartoonist *Ferdinand Kozovski (1892–1965), Bulgarian politician and general *Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, better known as Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), American self-styled inventor of jazz *Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805–1894), French developer of the Suez Canal *Ferdinand Magellan (1480–1521), Portuguese sea captain (serving Spain), leader of first expedition to sail around the world *Ferdinand Marcos (1917–1989), Tenth president of the Philippines *Ferdinand "Thirdy" Ravena III (born 1996), Filipino basketball player *Ferdinand Sauerbruch (1875–1951), German surgeon *Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913), Swiss linguist *Ferran Torres (born 2000), Spanish footballer *Ferd Wirtz (1885–1947), Luxembourgian gymnast *Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838–1917), German airship mogul *Ferdinand Mannlicher (1848-1904), Austrian firearms designer

Things named after Ferdinand

*Ferdinand - tank destroyer based on VK 4501 (P)

Fictional characters

*Ferdinand (The Tempest), a character in William Shakespeare's play ''The Tempest'' *Ferdinand the Bull, a mild mannered bull in the children's book ''The Story of Ferdinand'' *Ferdinand the Bull, mascot of the Taranaki Rugby Football Union team *Ferdinand Griffon, main character played by Jean-Paul Belmondo in the movie ''Pierrot le fou'' *Ferdinand, a railway engine in the television series ''Thomas & Friends'' *Ferdinand Vaněk, a vaguely autobiographical character in several plays by the Czech playwright Václav Havel *Dr. Ferdinand, a character from ''Steel Ball Run'' *Ferdinand, a character from ''L.A. Noire'' *Ferdinand von Aegir, a character from ''Fire Emblem: Three Houses''

See also

*Ferd (nickname) *Ferdy, a list of people and fictional characters named or nicknamed Ferdy or Ferdie *Ferdinand Porsche (disambiguation) *Ferdinando (disambiguation) *Fernand (disambiguation) *Fernando *Fernández *Hernández {{given name Category:Germanic given names Category:German masculine given names Category:Bulgarian masculine given names Category:French masculine given names Category:Romanian masculine given names es:Fernando