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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.

Hernández
Pronunciation Spanish: [erˈnandeθ]
Language(s) Spanish
Origin
Region of origin Spain, Italy
Meaning "Son of Hernando"
Other names
Variant(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.[citation needed]

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