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Quick Facts on Fernando

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 253
Simple meaning:
Adventurous, daring

Characteristics of Fernando

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Fernando

Fernando is the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian equivalent of the name Ferdinand which has Germanic origins. Ferdinand is derived from the words “farṍ” meaning ‘journey’ and “nand” meaning ‘prepared, ready’ hence the implication of an adventure. The Spanish royals adopted Ferdinand during the medieval period, and it arrived in England by the 16th century (thanks to Queen Mary I who happened to be married to the King of Spain, Philip II). Fernando eventually developed as another Spanish version of the name Ferdinand. Fernando was ranked the 15th most popular boy’s name in Mexico in 2010 and #56 in Spain in 2009. The name is also quite popular throughout South America.

Popularity of the Name Fernando

As illustrated on the popularity graph below, the name Fernando follows a similar pattern as many other Spanish names in America – the usage has been steadily rising along with the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States. There are a few other Spanish names close to the ranking of Fernando in America today. Not super-popular like José, Xavier or Juan – but holding their own among the masses – such as Fernando, Javier, Ricardo and Francisco. The poetic three-syllable sounds of these male names simply dance off the tongue. Not surprisingly, Fernando has already reached a spot on the Top 100 list of most-commonly used boy names in the states of California and Texas where the Latino populations are substantial. Fernando does sound like a name that belongs to an “adventure-seeking” boy – full of romance and courage. Better keep your eye on this one, because all the girls will want to run away with him! It is also interesting to note that the numerology number associated with Fernando is Five – the adventurous personality!
Popularity of the Boy Name Fernando
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Fernando

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Fernando

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Fernando

    Fernando (For Whom the Bell Tolls) Fernando is a character in Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, published in 1940 (and made into a film of the same name in 1943). Based on the Spanish Civil War, it features an American who fights on the side of the Republicans in the cruel and bloody war. The character of the guerilla fighter, Fernando, provides much needed comic relief, with his constant need for dignity in all endeavors. There is something touching about his insistence, in the heart of the fierce brutality of the war, that the men not curse in front of Maria. Maria has been raped and has seen her parents murdered by the enemy – she is probably capable of enduring the occasional obscenity. Yet, there is a hint of nobility in this old world throwback who tries to maintain a semblance of civility in the midst of chaos. For his troubles he is ridiculed, yet he dies for the cause.

  • Popular Songs on Fernando

    Popular Songs on Fernando

    Fernando - a song by Abba

    San Fernando Valley - a song by Bing Crosby

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Fernando

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Fernando

    Fernando Furioso (Hiawyn Oram) - When Fernando is told that he cannot stay up late, he becomes so angry that terrible things happen. His fury is like a thunderstorm, like a hurricane, like an earthquake that affects all of outer space. When Fernando is on Mars, he tries to remember why he was angry, but cannot. The illustrations dramatically depict Fernando's imagination. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Fernando's Gift / El Regalo de Fernando (Douglas Keister) - In the rain forest of Costa Rica, a boy named Fernando lives with his family in the tin-roofed house that his father has built. He picks bananas right off the tree outside his door and swims in the river nearby. When Fernando finds his favorite climbing tree cut down, he learns that not everyone has respect for the beautiful forest. Full-color photos. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Lost Treasure of Fernando Montoya (Rick Acker) - Sibling sleuths Arthur and Kirstin Davis explore treacherous gold fields, shark-infested waters, and a buried ship to reclaim the lost treasure of Fernando Montoya. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story (Janice Levy) - As the Day of the Dead approaches, Nando and his mother make preparations to remember Tio Fernando. Nando's curiosity leads him to ask the adults around him how his uncle's spirit will find him when it returns: "...Will I see him? Will he make noise? How will I know it is really him?" That night, Nando discovers his uncle's spirit in a place he least expects…inside himself. Levy presents this story in both Spanish and English from the realistic viewpoint of a child experiencing the Day of the Dead celebration. She relates the customs of this traditional Mexican and Central American holiday. Recommended for ages 5-10.

    The Story of Ferdinand (Munro Leaf) - What else can be said about the fabulous Ferdinand? Published more than 50 years ago (and one of the bestselling children's books of all time), this simple story of peace and contentment has withstood the test of many generations. Ferdinand is a little bull who much prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree-- just smelling the flowers--to jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. This cow is no coward--he simply has his pacifist priorities clear. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, until the day he meets with the wrong end of a bee. In a show of bovine irony, the one day Ferdinand is most definitely not sitting quietly under the cork tree (due to a frightful sting), is the same day that five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid. Ferdinand's day in the arena gives readers not only an education in the historical tradition of bullfighting, but also a lesson in nonviolent tranquility. Robert Lawson's black-and-white drawings are evocative and detailed, with especially sweet renditions of Ferdinand, the serene bull hero. The Story of Ferdinand closes with one of the happiest endings in the history of happy endings--readers of all ages will drift off to a peaceful sleep, dreaming of sweet-smelling flowers and contented cows. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Fernando

    Famous People Named Fernando

    Famous People Named Fernando - Fernando Cabrera (baseball player); Fernando De Lucia (opera singer); Fernando Gallego (Spanish painter); Fernando Henrique Cardoso (former Brazilian President); Fernando Rielo (Spanish poet); Fernando Valenzuela (baseball player); Fernando Vargas (boxer); Fernando Verdasco (Spanish tennis player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Fernando

    Children of Famous People Named Fernando

    Famous People who Named their Son Fernando - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Fernando.

  • Historic Figures

    Fernando - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Fernando - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Fernando.

Personality of the Boy Name Fernando

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Fernando

  • No Variations Found.
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