HERNANDEZ Surname Meaning and Origin

What Does the Last Name Hernandez Mean?

Hernandez is a surname that derives from a given name meaning "brave journey."
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Hernández is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Hernando," or "son of Fernando," the Spanish form of the Old German name Ferdinand, meaning "bold voyager," from the elements farð, meaning "journey" and nanð / nanth, meaning "courage" or "daring."

Hernandez is the 15th most common surname in the United States and the 5th most common Hispanic surname.

Surname Origin: Spanish, Portuguese

Alternate Surname Spellings: HERNANDES

Famous People with the Surname HERNANDEZ

  • David Hernandez - American Idol contestant, season
  • Jay Hernandez - American actor
  • Aaron Hernandez - former NFL football player; convicted of first-degree murder
  • Orlando Hernández - MLB baseball player
  • Jose Hernandez - former NASA astronaut
  • Aileen Hernandez - feminist civil rights activist

 

Where Do People With the HERNANDEZ Surname Live?

The surname distribution data at Forebears ranks Hernandez as the 85th most common surname in the world, identifying it as most prevalent in Mexico and with the highest density in Nicaragua. Hernandez is the most common surname in Mexico, where one in every forty-seven people bears the name. It also ranks 1st in El Salvador; 4th in Venezuela, Guatemala, Cuba, and Honduras; and 5th in Nicaragua.

Within Europe, Hernandez is most frequently found in Spain, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler, especially in the Canary Islands, followed by the regions of Murcia, Castile and León, Extremadura and Madrid.


 

Genealogy Resources for the Surname HERNANDEZ

100 Common Hispanic Surnames & Their Meanings
Garcia, Martinez, Rodriguez, Lopez, Hernandez... Are you one of the millions of people sporting one of these top 100 common Hispanic last names?

How to Research Hispanic Heritage
Learn how to get started researching your Hispanic ancestors, including the basics of family tree research and country specific organizations, genealogical records, and resources for Spain, Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean and other Spanish speaking countries.

Hernandez Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Hernandez family crest or coat of arms for the Hernandez 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. 

Hernandez DNA Family Project
DNA is being used to help researchers from common or related Hernandez families work together to find their common heritage.

Hernandez Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Hernandez surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Hernandez query.

 

FamilySearch - HERNANDEZ Genealogy
Access over 11 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Hernandez surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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

HERNANDEZ Surname & Family Mailing Lists
This free mailing list for researchers of the Hernandez surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

DistantCousin.com - HERNANDEZ Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Hernandez.

The Hernandez Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Hernandez from the website of Genealogy Today.
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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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