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Andrew asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 10 years ago

does anyone know what the surname meaning of Hernandez De Armas is?

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  • 10 years ago
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    It is a compound surname. Hernández means son of Hernán or Hernando. Hernán/Hernando being variants of Fernando a name of Visigothic origin. That part is simple. The exact meaning of de Armas is unclear. I have scoured all of the Spanish surname sites in Spain and cannot find an Hernández de Armas. What I DID find is that in the 16th century on the island of Gomera in the Canary Island the Count of Gomera named a certain Juan Negrin "Rey de Armas" which means Chief Herald of the Canaries. Juan Negrin made his surname de Armas and the surname spread throughout the Canaries, onto the Spanish mainland and then to Hispano-America.

    Hernández de Armas could indicate that there was an Hernández who made weapons (armas) or was a Herald.

    Traditionally in Spanish and Hispanic culture when a woman gets married she keeps her surname, but adds it to her husband's surname. Sonia Hernández marries Rodrigo Armas and she becomes Sonia Hernández de Armas. Sometimes the descendants of such a union will decide to keep both surnames. Something like this probably happened with the ancestors of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari as Salinas and de Gortari are both surnames on their own.

    With commonly occuring Spanish surnames like Hernández we often see a compound surname which sets a certain family apart from others. For example Gómez is as common as Johnson or Williams in English. So a family called Gómez de Orozco is not only descended from someone named Gome, but also lives or lived in a place called Orozco, which in fact is in Vizcaya. Perhaps there was a place called Armas or las Armas where an Hernández family lived.

    So there are some ideas. I am a fraid that to find out exactly why your surname is Hernández de Armas and not simply Hernández you will have to investigate on your own.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    does anyone know what the surname meaning of Hernandez De Armas is?

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  • 10 years ago

    Hernandez Name Meaning and History

    Spanish (Hernández) and Jewish (Sephardic): patronymic from the personal name Hernando (see Fernando). This surname also became established 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.

    Armas Name Meaning and History

    Spanish: from armas ‘arms’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of arms or a soldier.

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  • nutter
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Hernandez Family Crest

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  • 10 years ago

    Looks Spanish for "son of Ferdinand of weapons." Hispanics have two surnames: the father's and the mother's. So Hernández would be the father's surname and de Armas the mother's.

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