Hernandez Family Crest

Hernandez family crest coat of arms

Meaning of the colors on the Hernandez family crest

Argent (silver) - represents the sincere nature of this respected family throughout the centuries.

Or (Gold) - symbolizes the generous nature of the Hernandez family since the early and middle ages.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and historic military strength when called upon

Azure (blue) - represents the family's truthfulness and loyalty.



 Meaning of the symbols on the Hernandez family crest 

Three Fleur-de-lis - represents purity, light and religious connections including connections of the Virgin Mary.

The three castles - represents security and the family home. In early times this may also symbolize the capture of significant enemy strongholds during war.


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Origins of the Hernandez family name

The Hernandez family name is originally of Spanish origin.

It is derived from the personal male name of Hernando, which is the Spanish version of a Germanic given name today pronounced Ferdinand.

The name Ferdinand comes from the elements fardi, meaning 'a journey" and the old word "nand", which had a translated meaning of "brave".


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Summary of the Hernandez family and the Hernandez family crest

  • The name Hernandez is of Spanish origin.
  • It is derived from the personal name Hernando/Fernando and Ferdinand.
  • The name was first used in the early and middle parts of the 11th century.
    It became popular in Europe and Spain during a period known as the reign of the catholic kings.
  • The name was brought to the Americas by Spanish settlers in the late middle ages.
  • The first person with the family name Hernandez in America was believed to be a traveller by the name of Francisco Hernandez, who arrived in Puerto Rico around the year ~1512.
  • The name has been used more widely in south and North America since the 16th century and in particular during the earlier parts of the 17th century.
  • The family are believed to be amongst the earliest to move northwards and both westwards to settle in the modern state of California.