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Fernandez Family History

Fernandez Name Meaning

Spanish (Fernández): patronymic from the personal name Fernando . The surname (and to a lesser extent the variant Hernandez ) has also been established in southern Italy mainly in Naples and Palermo since the period of Spanish dominance there. Jewish (Sephardic): adoption of the name in 1 above at the moment of conversion to Roman Catholicism. After the return to Judaism (generations later) some Jewish descendants retained the surname that their families had adopted as Roman Catholics.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hernandez, Fernandes, Hernadez, Ferdinand, Bernardez, Menendez

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Where is the Fernandez family from?

You can see how Fernandez families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fernandez family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fernandez families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 18 Fernandez families living in Louisiana. This was about 72% of all the recorded Fernandez's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Fernandez families in 1840.
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What did your Fernandez ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cigar Maker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fernandez. 24% of Fernandez men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Fernandez women worked as a Cigar Maker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fernandez were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Cigar Maker
    4%
  • Farmer
    3%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cigar Maker
    10%
  • Seamstress
    7%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Housewife
    4%
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Passenger Lists

There are 268,000 immigration records available for the last name Fernandez. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Fernandez. For the veterans among your Fernandez ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fernandez lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Fernandez life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Fernandez in 1942 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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