Show ContentsFernando History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Fernando surname is a patronymic form, created from the personal name Fernando. [1] This is one of the most common surnames in Portugal. Fernandes is the 243rd most common surname in the world.

Early Origins of the Fernando family

The surname Fernando was first found in Iberian peninsula.

Early History of the Fernando family

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Fernando Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fernant, Farrant, Hernando, Hernan, Hernanz, Fernando, Fernan, Fernao, Ferrao, Hernandez, Hernaez, Hernaiz, Fernandez, Ferrandez, Ferrandiz, Fernandes and many more.

Early Notables of the Fernando family (pre 1700)

Prominent members of the family include António Fernandes, a Portuguese explorers of the early 15th century. He was raised in the household of Prince Henry "the Navigator" of Portugal (1394-1460), and lead expeditions to Africa. João Fernandes was another 15th century Portuguese explorer, of West Africa, where he was a pioneer of the European slave and gold trade, and...
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Fernando Ranking

In the United States, the name Fernando is the 9,243rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2] However, in Australia, the name Fernando is ranked the 767th most popular surname with an estimated 5,067 people with that name. [3]

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 [4]
  • Peter Fernando, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [4]
Fernando Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dulone T Fernando, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827 [4]
  • Jose Fernando, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1832 [4]
  • R Fernando, aged 21, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1837 [4]
  • Pascual Fernando, aged 19, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1843 [4]
  • Alexandre Fernando, aged 18, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1843 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fernando (post 1700) +

  • Raj Fernando, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008
  • Bayani Flores Fernando (1946-2023), Filipino politician, businessman, and professional mechanical engineer who served as the representative for Marikina's 1st congressional district from 2016 to 2022
  • Pattiyage Robin Steven Fernando (1937-2022), popularly as Robin Fernando, a Sri Lankan cinema actor and stunt coordinator, considered as one of the best stunt directors in Sinhala cinema
  • 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
  • Julian Fernando Casablancas (b. 1978), American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of rock band The Strokes, with whom he has released six studio albums
  • Roberto Fernando Frojuelo (1937-2021), known as Roberto Frojuelo, was a Brazilian footballer who played as a forward
  • 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

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. "Most Common Last Names in Australia." Forebears,
  4. 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) on Facebook