Show ContentsHernan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hernan 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 Hernan family

The surname Hernan was first found in Iberian peninsula.

Early History of the Hernan family

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Hernan 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 Hernan 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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United States Hernan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hernan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frederig Hernan, who landed in New York in 1709 [2]
Hernan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan De Hernan, who arrived in New Spain in 1827 [2]

New Zealand Hernan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hernan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. Hernan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861

West Indies Hernan migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Hernan Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Alonso Hernan, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1826 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hernan (post 1700) +

  • James M. Hernan, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1948 [4]
  • Aarón Hernán (1930-2020), Mexican telenovela and film actor
  • Charles Hernan Carreon (b. 1956), American trial attorney, best known for his involvement in a legal dispute between The Oatmeal webcomic and content aggregator FunnyJunk
  • Hernan Gamboa (1946-2016), Venezuelan musician, composer and singer
  • Hernan Espindola (b. 1994), Australian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Melbourne City FC
  • Hernan Behn (b. 1920), Puerto Rican co-founder of the Puerto Rico Telephone Company in 1920 which later became International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT)
  • Hernan Pereyra (b. 1970), Argentine cricketer
  • Hernan Covarrubias Bernales (b. 1912), Chilean lawyer
  • Hernan Cortez Vogenitz (1890-1967), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Havana, 1918-21, 1928-30; Lisbon, 1921-22, 1923; Oporto, 1922-23; Funchal, 1923-24; Loanda, 1924; Progreso, 1924-28; Barbados, 1930-31 [5]

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ 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)
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  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook