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Where did the Spanish Fernandes family come from? What is the Spanish Fernandes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fernandes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fernandes family history?

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


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.

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 Fernandes research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1576, 1636, 1536, 1604 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Fernandes History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 263 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fernandes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fernandes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Baltazar Fernandes, a Portuguese colonist, led expeditions into the interior of Brazil, laying the foundations of Sorocaba, 1654
  • Anthonio Fernandes, who landed in Maryland in 1660
  • Abraham Fernandes was on record in Jamaica in 1691

Fernandes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Aron Dias Fernandes, who landed in Jamaica in 1740
  • Aron. Dias Fernandes, who landed in Jamaica in 1740
  • Isaac Fernandes, who landed in Jamaica in 1740
  • Daniel Alves Fernandes was naturalized in Jamaica in 1741
  • David Fernandes, who landed in Jamaica in 1743

Fernandes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Francis Olivera Fernandes arrived in Norfolk, VA in 1805
  • Edward and Anthoney Fernandes both arrived in Philadelphia in 1816
  • F Fernandes, aged 21, landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Jose Fernandes, aged 18, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • A Fernandes, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829

Fernandes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • S C I Fernandes, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862


  • Emanuel Jardim Fernandes (b. 1944), Portuguese politician
  • Remo Fernandes (b. 1953), Indian, pop,rock, Indian fusion artist and playback singer from the state of Goa
  • Vanessa de Sousa Fernandes (b. 1985), Portuguese triathlon athlete, winner of a Silver Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games
  • António Fernandes, one of the leading Portuguese explorers of the earlier 15th century
  • Manuel Henrique Tavares Fernandes (b. 1986), Portuguese footballer
  • Gelson Tavares Fernandes (b. 1986), Swiss footballer
  • Tiago Fernandes (b. 1993), Brazilian tennis player
  • Manuel José Tavares Fernandes (b. 1951), retired Portuguese footballer
  • Daniel Márcio Fernandes (b. 1983), Portuguese-Canadian footballer
  • Wayne Fernandes (b. 1978), Canadian field hockey player



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The Fernandes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fernandes 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.

This page was last modified on 13 September 2013 at 12:43.

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