Show ContentsFerdinand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Ferdinand came to Austria in the 15th century with the Spanish Hapsburg dynasty. It is ultimately derived from the Spanish elements "faro," meaning "journey" and "nano," meaning "brave."

Early Origins of the Ferdinand family

The surname Ferdinand was first found in Austria, where the name Ferdinand became noted for its many branches, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. As the family grew more powerful some of its more distinguished members were eventually elevated to the ranks of nobility.

Early History of the Ferdinand family

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Ferdinand Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Ferdinand include Ferdinand, Ferdinande, Ferddinand, Ferdinnand, Ferdinnande, Ferdendand, Ferdenande, Ferdennand, Verdinand, Verdinande, Verddinand, Verdinnand and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferdinand family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time with the name Ferdinand included many European rulers and princes. The Ferdinand name was one of the Hereditary names used by the powerful Hapsburg family. Among them were: Ferdinand I (1503-1564) Holy Roman emperor, son of Philip the Handsome and Joanna, princess of Castile...
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Ferdinand Ranking

In the United States, the name Ferdinand is the 18,236th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Ferdinand migration to the United States +

Immigrants bearing the name Ferdinand or a variant listed above include:

Ferdinand Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Jose Ferdinand, aged 32, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1835 [2]
  • John Ferdinand, who arrived in Mississippi in 1836 [2]
  • Simon Ferdinand, who arrived in Virginia in 1887 [2]

Canada Ferdinand migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ferdinand Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Peter Ferdinand U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferdinand (post 1700) +

  • James Ferdinand, American politician, Burgess of Freeland, Pennsylvania, 1954-56 [4]
  • Francis Ferdinand (1863-1914), Austrian archduke, whose assassination by a Serbian nationalist provoked the beginning of World War I
  • Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909-2005), American management consultant and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • David Ferdinand Durenberger (1934-2023), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1978-95 [5]
  • Friedrich Ferdinand von Beust (1809-1886), Austrian politician, born in Dresden, the descendant of the ancient Brandenburg family which was long settled in Saxony
  • Lieven Ferdinand de Beaufort (1879-1968), Dutch biologist
  • Adolph Ferdinand Gehlen (1775-1815), German chemist from Bütow, Farther Pomerania who died from arsenic poisoning in Munich on 16 July 1815, age 39
  • William Ferdinand Morgan (1816-1888), American Democratic Party politician, Episcopal priest; Speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1868 [6]
  • Almon Ferdinand Rockwell (b. 1899), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Brussels, 1921-22; Frankfort, 1924 [7]
  • Frederick Ferdinand Low (1828-1894), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from California at-large, 1862-63; Governor of California, 1863-67; U.S. Minister to China, 1869-73 [8]

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  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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