Description Of Surname And Migration Experience Essay

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Surname and Migration Experience My surname is Hernandez, which is a "distinguished Spanish surname…a proud sign of rich and ancient heritage”(2). While conducting research I also found out that my “name is derived from the Spanish elements ‘ 'faro" meaning “journey” and “nano”, meaning “brave”(2). Interesting enough the name Hernandez was first “found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times” and “its cognates is due to King Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon (1198-1252)” (2). I never thought that my surname could mean anything more than “ son of Hernando”, which I was very pleasantly surprised that there is more meaning to it (2). I also found out that Hernandez “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 Jews from Spain…many of whom moved to Italy” (2). Another interesting fact is Texas contains one of the highest number of Hernandez families, this is where the majority of my Hernandez side of the family came from (1). My Hernandez family has been living in Texas as early as the late 1800s and probably even earlier (4). A great aunt of mine traced the Hernandez lineage, she has passed on and we are not quite sure what she did with her research, so I chose to focus on my maternal side. On my maternal side I can trace my family back to when they came to America. The most familiar immigration story to America is my maternal grandfather, Nick…

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