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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
  • Barbara A. Hernandez, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas land commissioner, 2002
  • B. C. Hernandez, American Democrat politician, Judge, New Mexico Court of Appeals, 1972
  • Ana E. Hernandez, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 143rd District; Elected 2006, 2008, 2010; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Alex Hernandez Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 30th District, 2012
  • Agustin Hernandez Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 40th District, 2012
  • Benigno Cárdenas Hernández (1862-1954), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1912, 1916; U.S. Representative from New Mexico at-large, 1915-17, 1919-21
  • Benigno Carlos Hernandez (b. 1917), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, 1967-69
  • Bill Hernandez, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 117th District, 1992

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  1. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. 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. 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.
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. 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. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  9. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. 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.

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