Ferrao History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished Spanish surname Ferrao 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 Ferrao name is derived from the Spanish elements "faro," meaning "journey" and "nano, " meaning "brave."
Early Origins of the Ferrao family
The surname Ferrao 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 Ferrao family
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Ferrao 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 Ferrao 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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Migration of the Ferrao family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco Fernández de Córdoba, who explored Central America and died in Honduras in 1525; Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo, who participated in the exploration of America from 1514 to his death in 1537.