Ferdinand Family History

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Ferdinand Name Meaning

German and French: from a Spanish (Visigothic) personal name composed of the elements farð ‘journey’, ‘expedition’ (or a metathesized form of frið ‘peace’) + nanð ‘daring’, ‘brave’. The surname is of comparatively recent origin in German-speaking countries and in France, for the personal name was not introduced from Spain until the late 15th century. It was brought to Austria by the Habsburg dynasty, among whom it was a hereditary name, and from Austria it spread to France. The Iberian cognates are of more ancient origin and more frequently found today, since the name was much favored in the royal house of Castile. It owes its popularity in large part to King Ferdinand III of Castile and León (1198–1252), who recaptured large areas of Spain from the Moors and was later canonized.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Fernando, Herdman, Frediani, Fernald, Weinand, Merrigan, Fermin

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Ferdinand Family Origin

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Ferdinand Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ferdinand family was Cotton Spinner Overlooker. Bricklayers Assistant, Carpenter Unemployed and Confectioner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ferdinand. The most common Ferdinand occupation in the UK was Bricklayers Assistant. 6% of Ferdinand's were Bricklayers Assistants.

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  • Bricklayers Assistant

  • Carpenter Unemployed

  • Confectioner

  • Cotton Spinner Overlooker


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Ferdinand Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Ferdinand. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ferdinand census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Ferdinand. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Ferdinand. For the veterans among your Ferdinand ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ferdinand Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Ferdinand life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Ferdinand in 1950 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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