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Family name
Meaning "Son of Hernando"
Region of origin Spain
Related names Hernandes, Fernández, Fernandes

Hernández [erˈnandeθ] is a very common Spanish surname that became common around the 15th century. Originally a patronymic, it means son of Hernándo, Hernando or Fernando being the Spanish version of Germanic Ferdinand. Variants of the name are Hernandes, Fernandes and Fernandez.

The fact that the Hernandez family of Spain bears a version of the French royal arms leads many to speculate that they descend from the French royal house of Valois. Not only is there a resemblance between the coat-of-arms of the ancient royal house of Valois, being the fleurs-de-lys of France with a red bordure http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counts_and_dukes_of_Valois and the modern day equivalent for Hernandez http://www.4crests.com/hernandez-coat-of-arms.html]] https://www.houseofnames.com/hernandez-family-crest but some kind of claim of Valois ancestry was asserted by Prince Lovell Pavageau of New Orleans based on his mother, Theresa-Olympia Hernandez, in the book "Finding Octave" http://www.findingoctave.com/home.html.

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