Fernando History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Spanish surname Fernando 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 Fernando name is derived from the Spanish elements "faro," meaning "journey" and "nano, " meaning "brave."

Early Origins of the Fernando family

The surname Fernando was 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.

Early History of the Fernando family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fernando research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1576, 1636, 1536, 1604 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Fernando History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fernando Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fernández, Fernandez, Ferranz, Ferrándiz, Ferrandiz, Ferrández, Ferrandez, Fernandeiz, Federnandiz, Fredenandiz, Fredinandoz, Frenandoz, Fredelandez, Fredernandiz, Fernayz and many more.

Early Notables of the Fernando family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Asur Fernández, count of Monzon in the tenth century. Juan Fernández de Heredia, a fourteenth century Aragonese nobleman, was Grand Master of the Knights Hospitallers of Rhodes. Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba was Captain of the Spanish Infantry under Ferdinand and Isabella, and led his troops against the French in Italy in the early 1500s. Also of note were the Spanish artist Gregorio...
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United States Fernando migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fernando Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Fernando, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1642 [1]
  • Peter Fernando, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [1]
Fernando Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dulone T Fernando, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827 [1]
  • Jose Fernando, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1832 [1]
  • R Fernando, aged 21, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1837 [1]
  • Pascual Fernando, aged 19, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1843 [1]
  • Alexandre Fernando, aged 18, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1843 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fernando (post 1700) +

  • Raj Fernando, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008
  • Joseph Manuel Alexander Fernando (1940-2020), popularly known as Alexander Fernando a Sri Lankan film actor, and stunt director who acted in over 120 Sinhala films, six Tamil films and one English film
  • José Fernando Bonaparte (1928-2020), Argentine paleontologist, one of the best known Argentine paleontologists
  • Luis Fernando Páez González (1989-2019), Paraguayan footballer who played as a forward for Independiente CG; he was killed in a car accident
  • David Fernando Montoya Vélez (b. 1978), Colombian footballer for the Colombia National Team in 2003
  • Carlos Fernando Raffo Arce, Peruvian politician and a Congressman representing Lima from 2006 to 2011
  • César Fernando Mayoral (b. 1947), Argentine diplomat, Ambassador to Canada (2000-2003)
  • Luis Fernando Espindola (b. 1975), former Uruguayan football defender
  • Chon Fernando Gallegos (b. 1939), former American football quarterback who played one season for the Oakland Raiders in 1962
  • Wilson Fernando Cepeda Cuervo (b. 1980), Colombian professional road racing cyclist


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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