Hernandez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Hernandez family

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.

Early History of the Hernandez family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hernandez research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1542 are included under the topic Early Hernandez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hernandez Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hernandez, Hernandes, Hernande and others.

Early Notables of the Hernandez family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were Asur Fernández, count of Monzon in the tenth century, and Diego Fernández, count of Saldaña and Carrion in the mid-eleventh century. Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba was Captain of the Spanish Infantry under Ferdinand and Isabella, and led his troops against the French in Italy in the early 1500s...
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Hernandez World Ranking

In the United States, the name Hernandez is the 29th most popular surname with an estimated 477,504 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Hernandez is ranked the 945th most popular surname with an estimated 5,732 people with that name. [2] And in France, the name Hernandez is the 225th popular surname with an estimated 16,105 people with that name. [3]


United States Hernandez migration to the United States +

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 [4]
  • Joaquin Hernandez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [4]
  • Catalina Hernandez, who arrived in America in 1811 [4]
  • Diego Hernandez, who arrived in America in 1811 [4]
  • Isabel Hernandez, who landed in America in 1811 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Hernandez 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. [5]
Hernandez Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Juan Hernandez, who arrived in Cuba in 1833 [4]
  • Toribio Hernandez, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1834 [4]
  • Leonor Hernandez, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1836 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hernandez (post 1700) +

  • Peter Gene Hernandez (b. 1985), birth name of Bruno Mars, an American eleven-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer
  • Vice Admiral Diego E. Hernandez (1934-2017), United States Navy officer, the first Hispanic American to be named Vice Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  • Aaron Josef Hernandez (1989-2017), American football tight end and convicted murderer
  • Toney T. Hernandez, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 25th District, 1966 [6]
  • Sandra Hernandez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004 [6]
  • Robert Hernandez, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1980, 2000 [6]
  • Ricardo Hernandez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2004 [6]
  • Randal Hernandez, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004 [6]
  • Ralph Hernandez, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Antioch, California, 1992 [6]
  • Ralph A. Hernandez, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 [6]
  • ... (Another 62 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  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)
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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