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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Fernandi


Ferdinandi is typical of Lazio, of Rome in particular and of the Roman, of Tivoli and Mentana, and of the frusinate, of Pontecorvo, Piedimonte San Germano and Pignataro Interamna, Ferdinando is almost unique, Fernanda is almost unique, Fernandi, absolutely rare, is of the northern Italy, Fernando has a stock in Milan, one in Rome and one in Naples. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The origin of these surnames is to be found in the medieval name Ferdinando (with a variant in Fernando), the Italianization of the Germanic personal Frednand, which, composed of the elements fried (pace) and nand (bold, daring) , can be translated as bold and resolute in the search for peace (a meaning similar to that of the name Federico). Despite its Germanic origin, however, it should be noted that the name Ferdinando / Fernando mostly belongs to the Iberian culture, which, over the centuries, has had some influence on Italian onomastics (just to give an example, think of the name Diego, imported directly from Spain): in particular, it is important to remember that Ferdinand and Fernando were the names of many Spanish and Portuguese sovereigns, who, in several cases, also reigned in our country, especially in southern Italy. One last thing before concluding: in the case of an Iberian descent, it is not excluded that some of these families have Jewish-Sephardic origins, bearing in mind that surnames such as Fernàndez, Hernàndez, etc. are also Jewish-Spanish surnames - a Rome, to tell the truth, the Jewish origin of the Fernando and Fernandes families is also attested in the official documentation.

Bibliographic source' "L'origine dei cognomi Italianim storia ed etimologia" di E. Rossoni disponibile online su: https://archive.org/

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