a masculine name
Origin of FerdinandFr; probably ; from Germanic an unverified form farthi-, journey ; from faran, to travel (see fare) + an unverified form nanths, courage from source Gothic (ana)nanthjan, to be bold, Old English nethan, to dare; hence, literally , uncertain or unknown; perhaps bold traveler
- 1000?-65; king of Castile (1035-65) & of León (1037-65): called the Great
- 1503-64; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1558-64), born in Spain
- (born Maximilian Karl Leopold Maria) 1861-1948; king of Bulgaria (1908-18); abdicated
- 1578-1637; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1619-37)
- 1452-1516; king of Castile (1474-1504); (as Ferdinand II) king of Aragon & Sicily (1479-1516); (as Ferdinand III) king of Naples (1504-16): husband of Isabella I of Castile: called the Catholic
- A male given name, best known for a 13th century king of Spain, but never popular in English.
Contraction of Spanish Ferdinando, from Germanic farð "journey" or frið "peace" + nand "ready, prepared".