The Spanish and Portuguese surname Fernandez is patronymic in origin meaning son of or descendent of Fernando. The personal name Fernando Germanic personal name composed of a metathesized form of frið ‘peace’ (or farð ‘journey’, ‘expedition’) + nanð ‘daring’, ‘boldness’. The name Fernandez is also found in western India where it was brought by Portuguese colonists. A notable bearer of the name Fernandez is Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, president of Argentina.Today there are more than 150,000 people bearing the family name Fernandez living in The United States.
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