Origin of fernMiddle English from Old English fearn from Indo-European an unverified form porno-, leaf, feather (from source Sanskrit parna, feather, leaf) from base an unverified form per-, to transport, fly from source fare
Origin of fernMiddle English from Old English fearn ; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Old English fearn, from Proto-Germanic *farną (cf. Dutch varen, German Farn), from Proto-Indo-European *pornóm (“wing, feather”). Cognate with Lithuanian spar̃nas, Albanian fier (“fern”), Avestan [script?] (parəna, “feather”), Sanskrit पर्ण (parṇá, “feather”).
- A female given name from the fern plant.