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Hernandez Family History

Hernandez Surname Meaning

Spanish (Hernández): patronymic from the personal name Hernando (see Fernando ). The surname has also been established in southern Italy mainly in Naples and Palermo since the period of Spanish dominance there. Hernandez (including in the sense 2 below) is the eleventh most frequent surname in the US. Compare De Hernandez . 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: Fernandez, Hernadez, Fernandes, Hernando, Menendez, Bernardez, Hernan

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Where is the Hernandez family from?

You can see how Hernandez families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hernandez family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hernandez families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 12 Hernandez families living in Florida Territory. This was about 41% of all the recorded Hernandez's in USA. Florida Territory and 1 other state had the highest population of Hernandez families in 1840.
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What did your Hernandez ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hernandez. 34% of Hernandez men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Hernandez women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hernandez were Labrador 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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Labrador

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Seamstress
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 246,000 immigration records available for the last name Hernandez. 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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Draft Cards

There are 48,000 military records available for the last name Hernandez. For the veterans among your Hernandez ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hernandez lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hernandez life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hernandez in 1940 was 33, and 69 in 2004.

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