Fern - Meaning of Fern
[ 1 syll. fer(n), fe-rn ] The baby girl name Fern is pronounced as FahRN †. Fern is largely used in English. Its origin is English and Gothic. English origin: Its meaning is from the words 'fern' ; 'fearn'. The first name is derived from the plant name, which is from the Old English 'fearn'. The name was adopted by English speakers in the late 19th century among other names of flowers and plants.
In addition, Fern is a shortening of the name Fernanda (English, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish).
Ferne (spelling variant in English) is another form of the name.
Fern is an uncommon baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1916, 0.123% of baby girls were named Fern. It was #152 in rank then. The baby name has steeply dropped in popularity since then, and is now of sporadic use. In 2018, within the family of girl names directly related to Fern, Fernanda was the most frequently used. The name Fern has been primarily given to baby girls, though it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. In 1903, 12 times as many baby girls than boys were given the name Fern.
† Pronunciation for Fern: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"