FERNANDEZ Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Fernandez Mean?

The Fernandez surname means "venture" or "journey."
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Fernandez is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Fernando," with Fernando being a given name meaning "journey, venture." Found throughout Spain and the Hispanic world.

Surname Origin: Spanish

Alternate Surname Spellings: FERNANDES, FURNANDIZ

Famous People with the Surname FERNANDEZ

  • Vicente Fernández - Mexican singer, producer and actor
  • Leonel Fernandez Reyna - President of the Dominican Republic from 1996–2000
  • Antonio Guzmán Fernández - President of the Dominican Republic from 1978–82

Where is the FERNANDEZ Surname Most Common?

The Fernandez surname is the 159th most common last name in the world, according to information from Forebears. It is especially prevalent in Spain, where it ranks as the 4th most common surname—a name borne by one in every 50 people in the country. It also ranks among the top 10 surnames in Argentina (4th), Uruguay (5th), Andorra (7th), Cuba (8th) and Bolivia (9th).

WorldNames PublicProfiler also indicates the Fernandez surname is most common in Spain, especially in the Asturias region of northern Spain. It is also prevalent in Argentina, southern France and Switzerland. In the United States, where it ranks about 200th most common, Fernandez is found in largest numbers in New Mexico, Florida, California, New York and New Jersey.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname FERNANDEZ

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Fernandez Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Fernandez family crest or coat of arms for the Fernandez surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

More than 100 members have joined this project for the Fernandes surname (and variants such as Fernandez) to work together to find their common heritage through DNA testing and sharing of information.

FERNANDEZ Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Fernandez ancestors around the world. Search the forum for posts about your Fernandez ancestors, or join the forum and post your own queries. 

FamilySearch - FERNANDEZ Genealogy
Explore over 3.8 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Fernandez surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FERNANDEZ Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Fernandez surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

GeneaNet - Fernandez Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Fernandez surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Fernandez Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Fernandez surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

Ancestry.com: Fernandez Surname
Explore over 3 million digitized records and database entries, including census records, passenger lists, military records, land deeds, probates, wills and other records for the Fernandez surname on the subscription-based website, Ancestry.com

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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