Hernández

Hernández is a widespread Spanish surname that became common around the 15th century. Originally a patronymic, it means son of Hernando, Hernando or Fernando being the Spanish version of Germanic Ferdinand. Fernández is a very common variant of the name. Hernandes and Fernandes are their Portuguese equivalents.

Hernandez
PronunciationSpanish: [eɾˈnandeθ] (listen)
Language(s)Spanish
Origin
MeaningSon of Hernando or Hernán
Region of originSpain, Mexico
Other names
Variant form(s)Fernández, Hernandes, Fernandes

The fact that the Hernández 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.

Geographical distribution

As of 2014, 52.9% of all known bearers of the surname Hernández were residents of Mexico (frequency 1:25), 7.7% of the United States (1:510), 6.3% of Colombia (1:83), 5.8% of Venezuela (1:57), 4.1% of Cuba (1:30), 4.0% of Spain (1:125), 4.0% of Guatemala (1:44), 2.9% of Honduras (1:33), 2.7% of El Salvador (1:26), 1.5% of Nicaragua (1:43), 1.5% of the Philippines (1:746), 1.2% of the Dominican Republic (1:92) and 1.2% of Chile (1:158).

In Spain, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:125) in the following autonomous communities:

In Mexico, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:25) in the following states:[1]

People with the name Hernández

Actors and television personalities

Artists

Musicians and composers

Politicians

Sports

Writers

Other

Places

  • Hernandez v. Texas (1954 in the Supreme Court of the United States, on civil rights for Mexican Americans)
  • People v. Hernandez (1956 in the Supreme Court of the Philippines, on the crime of rebellion)
  • United States v. Montoya De Hernandez (1985 in the Supreme Court of the United States, on detention and border searches relating to drug smuggling)
  • Hernandez v. Commissioner (1989 in the Supreme Court of the United States, on whether fees for training programs operated by charities can be deducted as charitable contributions)
  • Hernandez v. New York (1991 in the Supreme Court of the United States, on the removal of jurors from cases on the basis of their ability to understand Spanish testimony)
  • Hernandez v. Robles (2006 in the New York Court of Appeals, on whether the prohibition of same-sex marriage is a violation of civil rights)
  • Hernandez v. Mesa (2017 in the U.S. Supreme Court, argued again in 2019, on civil liability for a border patrol agent acting in a border zone)

Sciences

  • 19079 Hernández, a main belt asteroid

Other

See also

References

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