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Fernando Family History

Fernando Name Meaning

Spanish and Portuguese: from the personal name Fernando a younger form of Ferdinando (see Ferdinand ). This surname is also found in southern Italy mainly in Naples and Palermo since the period of Spanish dominance there and as a result of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the 15th century many of whom moved to Italy. It is also common in western India and especially in Sri Lanka where it was taken by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ferdinand, Ferrando, Fernandes, Furtado, Hernando, Bernardo, Leonardo

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Where is the Fernando family from?

You can see how Fernando families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fernando family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Fernando families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 16 Fernando families living in Georgia. This was about 30% of all the recorded Fernando's in USA. Georgia had the highest population of Fernando families in 1880.
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What did your Fernando ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fernando. 55% of Fernando men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Fernando women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fernando were Seaman and Factory Worker. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Seaman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
  • Teacher
  • Factory Worker
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Fernando. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fernando census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Fernando. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Fernando. For the veterans among your Fernando ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fernando lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Fernando life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Fernando in 1942 was 29, and 69 in 2004.

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