Ferrao History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Ferrao surname is a patronymic form, created from the personal name Fernando.  This is one of the most common surnames in Portugal. Fernandes is the 243rd most common surname in the world.
Early Origins of the Ferrao family
The surname Ferrao was first found in Iberian peninsula.
Early History of the Ferrao family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrao research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1495, 1488, 1394, 1460, 1498, 1475, 1542, 1511, 1453 and 1501 are included under the topic Early Ferrao History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ferrao 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 Ferrao 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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Migration of the Ferrao family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Baltazar Fernandes was a Portuguese colonist who led expeditions into the interior of Brazil, laying the foundations of Sorocaba, 1654; Abraham Fernandes, was on record in Jamaica in 1691.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)