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Where did the Spanish Hernandez family come from? What is the Spanish Hernandez family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hernandez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hernandez family history?The distinguished Spanish surname Hernandez is a proud sign of a rich and ancient heritage. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century; the most common patronymic suffix being "ez." The Hernandez name is derived from the Spanish elements "faro," meaning "journey" and "nano, " meaning "brave."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hernandez, Hernandes, Hernande and others.
First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times. Much of the popularity of this name and its cognates is due to King Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon (1198-1252,) who, after leading much of the reconquest of Christian Spain from the Moors, was then canonized.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hernandez research. Another 440 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1542 are included under the topic Early Hernandez History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 108 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hernandez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hernandez Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hernandez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hernandez Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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