The Hernandez Family


The family name is a variant of the name, Hernando. The suffix “-ez” was added to a root name to indicate “the son of”. Spelling variations of this surname include Herraiz, Herráez, Herraez, Herranz, Hernaiz, Hernáez, Hernaez, among others. The name can be traced to Castile, Spain, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Our Line

Herman Hernandez, who was born in the 1860s, is the earliest known patriarch of our branch of the Hernandez Clan.  His wife was Maria Macaria Anderson, supposedly of American-Mexican descent.  They raised their family in Lipa, Batangas, Philippines.

By marriage, the clan is related to other families of note: Francisco, Gonzales, Magno, Ortiz, Pacheco, Trinidad and Zaldivar.  Individuals, kin to the Hernandez Clan, are known to be athletic, hardworking and business-savvy.    Their patriarchs have played a big role in the post-war rebuilding effort; and their descendants have figured prominently in academe, arts, business, government and sports.

Jose I. Hernandez, the founder of Victory Liner  |  Juan Anderson Hernandez, a Senate Sergeant-at-Arms   |  Nicolas Anderson Hernandez, a tinidor de libro for Ayala y Compañia, the precursor of the Ayala Corporation  |  Eduardo Alvir Pacheco, a Philippine sports legend



Family History Research Notes

1.  The additional images of the Juan Hernandez and the other member of the clan were submissions from Gerry Hernandez Jr.  Thanks, Gerry!
2.  Magno, Carlo. Interview. Place:  Cainta, Rizal, Philippines.  Date conducted: 20 May 2010.
3.  Juan Anderson Hernandez’ Family Tree can be found on

4 thoughts on “The Hernandez Family

  1. please let me know if you have any information with Marcelo Francisco.

    1. Thanks for the visit, Jezreel! Unfortunately, I have not done a lot of research on the Francisco family. Aside from the name of my great-grandmother, I do not know anything else about her or the clan.

  2. A few weeks ago my father, German R. Hernandez Jr., asked me to do some research about his grandfather and my great-grandfather, Juan Anderson Hernandez. The only clues I have are that he is born in Lipa and that there was a street named after him. My father also wants me to search through the archives of the municipality so that I could gain further information. I am asking for your help, as a fellow Hernandez by name and by blood.
    Thank you very much

    1. Hi! I post all my research on our ancestors here. Have not had much time to research lately but hope to do so shortly.

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