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Fern

First Name
37k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Fern

"Fern" is a name of English origin, and it means "Fern". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb Fern
Long ago.
adjective Fern
Ancient; old. (Obs) “Pilgrimages to . . . ferne halwes.” [saints].

Etymology: AS. fyrn

noun Fern
An order of cryptogamous plants, the Filices, which have their fructification on the back of the fronds or leaves. They are usually found in humid soil, sometimes grow epiphytically on trees, and in tropical climates often attain a gigantic size.

Note: ☞ The plants are asexual, and bear clustered sporangia, containing minute spores, which germinate and form prothalli, on which are borne the true organs of reproduction. The brake or bracken, the maidenhair, and the polypody are all well known ferns.

Etymology: AS. fearn; akin to D. varen, G. farn farnkraut; cf. Skr. parṇa wing, feather, leaf, sort of plant, or Lith. papartis fern

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name from the fern plant.

Notable Persons Named Fern

Fern Britton is a television presenter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to present. Fern was given the name Fern Margaret Price Britton by her parent Tony Britton on July 17th, 1957 in Ealing.

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Fern Sutherland is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to 2010. Fern was born in New Zealand.

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Fern Andra was an actress, writer, and film director/producer. She was most active from 1913 to 1930. Fern was given the name Vernal Edna Andrews on November 24th, 1893 in Watseka, Illinois, U.S. Fern is also known as Andrews and Vernal Edna. She breathed her last breath on February 8th, 1974.

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Fern Kinney is a rhythm, blues, and disco singer and singing.

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Fern Persons was an actress. Fern was given the name Fern Gwendolyn Ball on July 27th, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Fern is also known as Ball and Fern Gwendolyn. She passed away on July 22nd, 2012.

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Fern is a christian hip hop singing, songwriter, and rapping. He plays Singer-songwriter and Vocals. He has been prominent since 2015. Fern was given the name Fernando Miranda on May 16th, 1979. Fern is also known as Fern and F.E.R.N..

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Fern

Fanny was born on July 9th, 1811 in Portland, Maine, US. She passed away on October 10th, 1872.

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Fern is a christian hip hop singing, songwriter, and rapping. He plays Singer-songwriter and Vocals. He has been prominent since 2015. Fern was given the name Fernando Miranda on May 16th, 1979. Fern is also known as Fern and F.E.R.N..

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Cody was born in Southern Cross, Western Australia.

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Joseph J. Fern was a sea captain and prison officer. Joseph was born on August 25th, 1872 in Kohala, Hawaii. He passed away on February 20th, 1920.

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Rodney Fern is a soccer player for the Leicester City F.C., Luton Town F.C., Chesterfield F.C., and Rotherham United F.C. Rodney was born on December 13th, 1948 in Burton upon Trent.

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Charlie Fern is a businessperson, public speaking, adjunct professor, speechwriter, journalist, business owner, and public speaker. Charlie was given the name Charlene Fern in 1968 in Newport, Rhode Island.

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How popular is the baby name Fern in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 10 10 0
1881 10 10 0
1882 26 26 0
1883 19 19 0
1884 45 40 5
1885 44 44 0
1886 42 36 6
1887 69 69 0
1888 77 77 0
1889 108 103 5
1890 119 119 0
1891 124 124 0
1892 172 172 0
1893 194 189 5
1894 204 197 7
1895 184 184 0
1896 218 218 0
1897 245 237 8
1898 265 265 0
1899 232 232 0
1900 266 266 0
1901 217 217 0
1902 244 238 6
1903 287 276 11
1904 281 281 0
1905 278 273 5
1906 282 277 5
1907 276 276 0
1908 364 364 0
1909 353 345 8
1910 401 394 7
1911 442 435 7
1912 620 613 7
1913 708 697 11
1914 835 821 14
1915 1,201 1,175 26
1916 1,349 1,332 17
1917 1,277 1,261 16
1918 1,356 1,341 15
1919 1,197 1,181 16
1920 1,325 1,304 21
1921 1,318 1,297 21
1922 1,224 1,207 17
1923 1,187 1,169 18
1924 1,075 1,059 16
1925 992 977 15
1926 918 910 8
1927 863 845 18
1928 819 806 13
1929 692 679 13
1930 642 634 8
1931 583 571 12
1932 508 502 6
1933 521 506 15
1934 471 463 8
1935 436 429 7
1936 402 394 8
1937 376 366 10
1938 383 377 6
1939 327 327 0
1940 333 328 5
1941 306 301 5
1942 318 311 7
1943 299 299 0
1944 281 281 0
1945 268 260 8
1946 284 284 0
1947 255 255 0
1948 245 245 0
1949 243 238 5
1950 236 228 8
1951 250 250 0
1952 230 225 5
1953 264 256 8
1954 237 237 0
1955 216 216 0
1956 232 232 0
1957 187 187 0
1958 177 177 0
1959 205 205 0
1960 183 183 0
1961 165 165 0
1962 94 94 0
1963 114 109 5
1964 105 105 0
1965 84 84 0
1966 71 71 0
1967 70 70 0
1968 56 56 0
1969 49 49 0
1970 72 67 5
1971 41 41 0
1972 31 31 0
1973 33 33 0
1974 25 25 0
1975 22 22 0
1976 16 16 0
1977 20 20 0
1978 16 16 0
1979 28 28 0
1980 17 17 0
1981 28 28 0
1982 31 31 0
1983 17 17 0
1984 21 21 0
1985 13 13 0
1986 5 5 0
1987 8 8 0
1988 19 19 0
1989 15 15 0
1990 9 9 0
1991 9 9 0
1992 5 5 0
1993 8 8 0
1994 13 13 0
1995 13 13 0
1996 6 6 0
1997 11 11 0
1998 9 9 0
1999 13 13 0
2000 18 18 0
2001 9 9 0
2002 11 11 0
2003 13 13 0
2004 18 18 0
2005 18 18 0
2006 16 16 0
2007 10 10 0
2008 27 27 0
2009 26 26 0
2010 33 33 0
2011 34 34 0
2012 45 45 0
2013 46 46 0
2014 65 65 0
2015 86 86 0
2016 86 86 0

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Popularity of Fern as a first name

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Popularity of Fern as a last name

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Common last names for Fern

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  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Nelson
  • Moore
  • Hill
  • Peterson
  • Thomas
  • Lewis

Common first names for Fern

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fern U.S.
  White 88.36% 64.26%
  African American 0.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.36% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fern

People with the last name Fern are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Fern

  • How Popular is the name Fern? Fern is the 1,204th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fern was the 12,491st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fern have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 36,895 babies born with the first name Fern in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fern to occupy the territory of Saint Martin (France) with an estimated population of 36,824 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fern? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Fern first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fern is Sunday, January 3rd, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Fern born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fern was in 1918 with a total of 1,341 babies. That's a lot of babies named Fern!
  • Random Fern Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fern ranks 80th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 21 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Fern: Your name in reverse order is Nref. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nefr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fern? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,482 people with the last name Fern.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fern? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fern as their last name since less than 1 person in 119k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.