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- proper n. A male given name, best known for a 13th century king of Spain, but never popular in English.
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- n. the king of Castile and Aragon who ruled jointly with his wife Isabella; his marriage to Isabella I in 1469 marked the beginning of the modern state of Spain and their capture of Granada from the Moors in 1492 united Spain as one country; they instituted the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 and supported the expedition of Christopher Columbus in 1492 (1452-1516)
Contraction of Spanish Ferdinando, from Germanic farð "journey" or frið "peace" + nand "ready, prepared". (Wiktionary)