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Famous People Named Ferdinand

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Who knew there were so many famous people named Ferdinand in the world? Our list of celebrities named Ferdinand includes pictures and information about each person when available, so you can get to know them a little better if you don't know them. The famous Ferdinands below come from all walks of life, but all ended up achieving fame or notoriety in one way or another. This list includes singers named Ferdinand, actors named Ferdinand, and much more. Ferdinand Marcos, Ferdinand Magellan, and Ferdinand de Saussure are only a few of the well-known people named Ferdinand on this list.
  • Politician, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 72 (1917-1989)

    BirthplaceSarrat, Philippines


    Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. (September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989) was a Filipino politician and kleptocrat who was the tenth President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. A leading...  more

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  • Navigator, Sailor

    AgeDec. at 41 (1480-1521)

    BirthplaceSabrosa Municipality, Portugal

    NationalityKingdom of Portugal, Portugal

    Ferdinand Magellan ( or ; Portuguese: Fernão de Magalhães, IPA: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃w dɨ mɐɣɐˈʎɐ̃jʃ]; Spanish: Fernando de Magallanes, IPA: [feɾˈnando ðe maɣaˈʎanes]; c. 1480 – 27 April 1521) was a Portuguese...  more

    #289 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#270 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#19 of 116 People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)

  • Ferdinand de Saussure (; French: [fɛʁdinɑ̃ də sosyʁ]; 26 November 1857 – 22 February 1913) was a Swiss linguist and semiotician. His ideas laid a foundation for many significant developments in both...  more
  • Generalissimo

    AgeDec. at 77 (1851-1929)

    BirthplaceTarbes, France

    NationalityFrance, United Kingdom

    Ferdinand Foch (French: [fɔʃ]; 2 October 1851 – 20 March 1929) was a French general and military theorist who served as the Supreme Allied Commander during the First World War. An aggressive, even...  more

    #110 of 410 The Most Important Military Leaders in World History#13 of 13 13 People Who Were Right All Along, But No One Listened To Them

  • Ferdinand I (Bulgarian: Фердинанд I; 26 February 1861 – 10 September 1948), born Ferdinand Maximilian Karl Leopold Maria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was the second monarch of the Third Bulgarian State,...  more
  • Ferdinand Reinhardt Bie (16 February 1888 – 9 November 1961) was a Norwegian track and field athlete. At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm he won the silver medal in pentathlon. On winner Jim...  more
  • Age64

    BirthplaceManila, Philippines


    Ferdinand "Bongbong" Romualdez Marcos Jr. (born September 13, 1957) is a Filipino politician who most recently served as a senator in the 16th Congress. He is the second child and only son of former...  more
  • Conductor, Pianist

    AgeDec. at 53 (1784-1838)

    BirthplaceBonn, Germany


    Ferdinand Ries (28 November 1784 [baptised] – 13 January 1838) was a German composer. Ries was a friend, pupil and secretary of Ludwig van Beethoven. He composed eight symphonies, a violin concerto,...  more
  • Diplomat, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 89 (1805-1894)

    BirthplaceVersailles, France


    Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps, GCSI (French: [də lesɛps]; 19 November 1805 – 7 December 1894) was a French diplomat and later developer of the Suez Canal, which in 1869 joined the Mediterranean...  more
  • Ferdinand Édouard Buisson (20 December 1841 – 16 February 1932) was a French academic, educational bureaucrat, pacifist and Radical-Socialist (left liberal) politician. He presided over the League of...  more
  • AgeDec. at 60 (1921-1982)

    BirthplaceLawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. (December 21, 1921 – June 7, 1982), known as 'The Great Impostor', masqueraded as many people – from monks to surgeons to prison wardens. He was the subject of a movie, The...  more
  • AgeDec. at 63 (1810-1873)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany


    Ferdinand Ernst Victor Carl David (German: [ˈdaːvɪt]; 19 June 1810 – 18 July 1873) was a German virtuoso violinist and composer....  more
  • Professor, Physician

    AgeDec. at 58 (1829-1887)

    BirthplaceWestfield, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (September 7, 1829 – December 22, 1887) was an American geologist noted for his pioneering surveying expeditions of the Rocky Mountains in the late 19th century. He was...  more
  • Ferdinand VII (Spanish: Fernando; 14 October 1784 – 29 September 1833) was twice King of Spain: in 1808 and again from 1813 to his death. He was known to his supporters as the Desired (el Deseado)...  more
  • Physician, Geographer

    AgeDec. at 71 (1825-1896)

    BirthplaceRostock, Germany


    Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller, (German: Müller) (30 June 1825 – 10 October 1896) was a German-Australian physician, geographer, and most notably, a botanist. He was appointed...  more
  • Ferdinand Lassalle (German: [laˈsal]; 11 April 1825 – 31 August 1864) was a Prussian-German jurist, philosopher, socialist and political activist best remembered as the initiator of national-style...  more
  • Ferdinand Brunetière (19 July 1849 – 9 December 1906) was a French writer and critic....  more
  • Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 77 (1833-1911)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ferdinand Claiborne Latrobe (October 14, 1833 – January 13, 1911) was a seven-term Mayor of Baltimore, state legislator and attorney during the 19th century....  more
  • Conductor, Composer

    AgeDec. at 83 (1887-1970)

    BirthplaceTulln an der Donau, Austria


    Ferdinand Grossmann (4 July 1887 – 5 December 1970) was an Austrian choral conductor, vocal teacher and composer . He studied music in Linz. Some years later in Vienna he attended a class of...  more
  • Designer, Automotive Engineer

    AgeDec. at 75 (1875-1951)

    BirthplaceVratislavice nad Nisou, Czech Republic

    NationalityAustria, Hungary, Austria-Hungary, Germany

    Ferdinand Porsche (3 September 1875 – 30 January 1951) was an Austrian automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. He is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid...  more
  • AgeDec. at 80 (1855-1936)

    BirthplaceOldenswort, Germany


    Ferdinand Tönnies (German: [ˈtœniːs]; 26 July 1855 – 9 April 1936) was a German sociologist and philosopher. He was a major contributor to sociological theory and field studies, best known for his...  more
  • AgeDec. at 63 (1816-1880)

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    NationalityAustrian Empire, Austria, Austria-Hungary

    Ferdinand Karl Franz Schwarzmann, Ritter von Hebra (7 September 1816, in Brno, Moravia – 5 August 1880 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary) was an Austrian physician and dermatologist known as the founder of...  more
  • Scientist, Geographer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1833-1905)

    BirthplacePokój, Opole Voivodeship, Poland


    Baron Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen FRSFor HFRSE BGS (5 May 1833 – 6 October 1905), better known in English as Baron von Richthofen, was a German traveller, geographer, and scientist. He is noted...  more
  • Musician, Actor


    BirthplaceLeamington Spa, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Ferdinand Kingsley is an English actor and musician. Kingsley is the son of actors Ben Kingsley and Alison Sutcliffe. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama....  more
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