Quick Facts on Fernanda
- Italian, Spanish
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Brave journey; Adventurous
Characteristics of Fernanda
Etymology & Historical Origin - Fernanda
Fernanda is the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian equivalent of the German male name Ferdinand. The masculine Ferdinand is derivative of the Germanic elements “farði” meaning ‘journey’ and “nanð” meaning ‘brave, daring’. The Visigoths brought this name to Hispania in the 5th century, shortly after they famously sacked Rome in 410 A.D. As a Germanic tribe who migrated, settled and eventually exerted their authority throughout southern Gaul, the Visigoths occupied the Iberian Peninsula (displacing the Vandals) most notably. Their kingdom came to an end by the 8th century when the Moors moved in and the Iberian Peninsula came under Islamic rule. This is how Spain and Portugal became influenced by both the Germanic language and, later, Arabic. Ferdinand was a common name among the Habsburg royal family in Austria, and it was also the name of Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer credited with the first expedition to sail around the world (we’d call that a ‘daring journey’ – how apropos!) We are not surprised that the female Fernanda became a popular name among the Spanish, Portuguese and Italians. It is currently ranked highest in Mexico and the South American country of Chile.
Popularity of the Name Fernanda
Fernanda first appeared on the U.S. female naming charts in 1995. We were baffled to see this historic and beautiful moniker come into use so very recently. There’s no doubt that Fernanda is a favorite among Mexican-Americans and those of Hispanic or Latino descent. Our friends south of the border in Mexico are clearly influencing the usage of this name north in the states. María Fernanda is the #1 name in Mexico (2010) and Fernanda as a stand-alone given name is ranked #15. United States citizens of Hispanic descent are standing up and taking notice. We would not consider Fernanda a cross-over name just yet, so it’s probably mostly restricted to Latino-Americans. It’s a beautiful name – confident and poetic. A great name for one with an adventurous spirit!
Popularity of the Girl Name Fernanda
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Fernanda
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Fernanda
Fernanda We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Fernanda.
Popular Songs on Fernanda
Fernanda - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Fernanda.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Fernanda
El encargo de Fernanda (Gabriela Riveros) - When a bad witch removes all the color from the flowers at her grandmother's house, Fernanda must travel to a magical land to learn how to restore the missing colors. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Fernanda y los mundos secretos (Chávez Castañeda Ricardo) - Las diez historias que componen este libro abordan otras maneras de ver, oler, sentir y moverse en el mundo. Penetrar en ellas es saber lo cerca que estamos de la diferencia. Lo que aquí verás nunca lo has visto y necesitas caminarlo con los pies descalzos y los ojos como nuevos. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Fernanda
Famous People Named Fernanda - Fernanda Motta (model); Fernanda Tavares (model); Fernanda Torres (actress); Fernanda Montenegro (actress)
Children of Famous People Named Fernanda
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Fernanda - Martin Amis (British novelist)
Fernanda - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Fernanda - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Fernanda.
Personality of the Girl Name Fernanda
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Fernanda