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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."

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The surname Fernandes 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fernandes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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Fernandes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • S C I Fernandes, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
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  • Filipe Miguel Lopes Fernandes (b. 1980), Portuguese footballer
  • George Mathew Fernandes (b. 1930), Indian trade unionist, politician journalist agriculturist
  • Daniel Bosco Fernandes (b. 1985), Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Vânia Fernandes (b. 1985), Portuguese singer
  • João Fernandes, Portuguese explorer of the 15th century
  • Vasco Fernandes (1475-1542), one of the main Portuguese Renaissance painters
  • Mateus Fernandes (d. 1515), Portuguese architect
  • Edite Fernandes (b. 1979), Portuguese women's football player
  • Nicolette Fernandes (b. 1983), Canadian professional squash player
  • João Paulo dos Santos Fernandes (b. 1984), Portuguese boccia player and three-time Paralympic champion
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    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    6. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
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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.

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