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.
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 Geni.com.