Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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!

Quick Facts

ON FERNANDA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Italian

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

510

PRONUNCIATION:

fer-NAHN-dah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Brave journey; Adventurous

Characteristics

OF FERNANDA

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Fernanda

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FERNANDA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Fernanda

Popular Songs

ON FERNANDA

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Fernanda


Famous People

NAMED FERNANDA

Fernanda Motta (model)
Fernanda Tavares (model)
Fernanda Torres (actress)
Fernanda Montenegro (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FERNANDA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Fernanda

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FERNANDA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Fernanda