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

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The surname Hernandez 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: Hernandez, Hernandes, Hernande and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hernandez research. Another 440 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1542 are included under the topic Early Hernandez History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 108 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hernandez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hernandez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Cayetano Hernandez, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Joaquin Hernandez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Catalina Hernandez, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Diego Hernandez, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Isabel Hernandez, who landed in America in 1811


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  • Peter Gene Hernandez (b. 1985), known by his stage name Bruno Mars, an American singer-songwriter and record producer, ranked number 1 on the Forbes 30 under 30 list (2014)
  • José M. Hernández (b. 1962), former NASA astronaut with over 332 hours in space
  • Keith Hernandez (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball player
  • Rafael Hernandez Colón (b. 1936), Puerto Rican politician who was governor of Puerto Rico (1973-1977) and (1985-1993)
  • Jay Hernandez (b. 1978), Mexican-American actor
  • Cenobio Hernandez (1863-1950), Mexican-American composer
  • Gregorio Evelio Hernández López (1930-2015), Cuban Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who appeared in 18 games for the Washington Senators of Major League Baseball (1956-1957)
  • Orlando Hernández Pedroso (b. 1965), nicknamed "El Duque", a Cuban former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1998 to 2007
  • Carlos Hernández Valverde (b. 1982), also known as Carlos Hernandez, is a Costa Rican footballer
  • Eisler Liván Hernández Carrera (b. 1975), Cuban former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1996 to 2012

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  1. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
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The Hernandez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hernandez 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 23 April 2016 at 18:19.

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