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My particular branch of the extensive Hernandez family originated in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (at least as far back as I can trace).

My branch of the Hernandez family tree.

In the mid 1800s, Jose Antonio “Don Pepe” Hernandez Rodriguez (my great great grandfather) moved from Las Palmas to Havana, Cuba. He married Encarnacion de la Nuez. One of his children, Jose Ignacio “Cheo” Hernandez,  moved to Matanzas, Cuba and settled there. My grandfather (Leandro Alejandro Hernandez) and my father (Evaristo Evelio Hernandez) were born in Matanzas, but moved to Miami when Cuba went to hell in a handbasket.  My father met and married Mayra Morales, originally from Candelaria, Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and soon after my brother and I were born. Click here to read a more detailed history of our family in Cuba, from the Cuban War of Independance to our eventual arrival in the United States, complied by Cheo Hernandez.

Jose Ignacio "Cheo" Hernandez

I found the name Jose Antonio Hernandez Rodriguez on a passenger list coming from the Canary Islands to Havana in 1850. The ship was called “Cuatro Hijos”. Not 100% sure that was my great great grandfather but still pretty cool. I’ll keep researching.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Jose (Cheo) Hernandez permalink
    February 28, 2011 9:06 pm

    Good stuff, Alex. Keep up the great work! Our history is too precious not to be retold, particularly with all of the resources at hand. We will keep collaborating so we can get as much of the pieces as possible for posterity.

  2. Michael Yabsley permalink
    December 27, 2011 4:10 am

    Tossing my names into the mix and hoping for a connection! I have an Alejandro Hernandez who was born in Puntallana, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. His parents were Antonio Hernandez and Antonia Rodriguez.

    He married Segunda (Felina?) Abreu from Camajuani or Placetas, Villa Clara, Cuba. She was the daughter of Juan Abreu and Juana Rodriguez of Villa Clara, Cuba.

    Alejandro and Segunda had four sons: Esteban Nicodemo (b 1921 in Placetas, Cuba), Mario (b 1918), Guillermo, and Gilberto.

    Alejandro died around 1948 and Segunda died around 1922.


    • Alex Hernandez permalink*
      December 27, 2011 1:48 pm

      Hey Michael,

      Although the surnames and the general path of migration from the Canary Islands to Cuba do match, the specific names and towns don’t. That doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a connection, it’s just not obvious. The only thing I can think of is taking a DNA test and seeing if there’s a match. (Have you taken any? What were your results?) FTDNA Family Finder should be enough to detect a relationship between us or if your direct Hernandez line is Y haplogroup I1 then it’s a definite match since I haven’t found another one that isn’t family.

      Good luck on your search,

      Alex Hernandez

  3. Michael permalink
    December 27, 2011 4:40 pm

    Thanks for the reply! I just found the canary island connection so maybe one day we’ll find a connection. I’m in Ft. Lauderdale visiting my wife’s family-I asked her brother to do the DNA test so we can get the Y-line for tge Hernandez’s. I’ll be in touch when it’s complete!

  4. Patrick Holland permalink
    June 30, 2012 1:36 pm

    Are you related to Alejandro Gregorio Del Cristo Rodriguex Torres who was born in Las Palmas Gran Canaria in Dec 1885. He had 16 siblings. Some went to Cuba.

    • June 30, 2012 1:57 pm

      Not sure if I’m related this this individual, if I am it’s not directly as the name doesn’t show up in my research.

  5. Heidi Cadavieco permalink
    July 6, 2012 8:14 pm

    I have a Juana Galiano Hernandez (1890-1926) in Matanzas in our tree, I am looking for Juana’s mother and curious as to whether there is a link to the Hernandez family you have so wonderfully honored with this web site. I have no first names unfortunately for either Galiano or Hernandez, only their daughter, Juana. Here’s hoping!

    • July 6, 2012 9:33 pm

      Let me look in my papers and ask around if the Galiano surname shows up in my records.

  6. luis guerrero hernandez permalink
    January 6, 2014 4:46 pm

    hy mi abuel o Francisco hernandez era del sauce la palma

    • LUIS permalink
      April 21, 2016 6:59 pm

      Luis Angle Hernandez BORN IN 77

  7. Susanna Hernandez Gray permalink
    September 10, 2014 5:46 am

    My great grandfather’s parents were born in the Canary Islands before emigrating to Cuba. His name was Manuel Hernandez Leal. He was one of 5-6 siblings, I know he had a sister named Ernestina(aka Tina). They lived near Ranchuelo Cuba outside Santa Clara. Cant find any information on what part of the Canary Islands the Hernandez or Leal names came from though.

  8. vince rodriguez permalink
    December 18, 2014 4:38 pm

    Wow!!! I found another relative!!! I am the son of Marilyn Hernandez, my grandparents are Quillo and Fina! I may have met you before, but perhaps I was a little too young and I dont remember too well. What I do remember is that when Asencion and Nico would visit Miami, they would pass by my grandfathers house and they would all go to visit Alejandro. AMAZING.

  9. Laarni P. Locano permalink
    January 18, 2015 12:46 pm

    hi.. I’m trying to research about Don Antonio Hernandez of Spain who once landed in the Philippines in the year 1850 for a gold exploration in our town Mankayan. He I think has a son named Enrique Sapino who happened to be my great great…grandfather. According to my research, he was an engineer sent by Queen Elizabeth to study gold in the Phil.

  10. Bill Willcox permalink
    March 12, 2015 4:54 pm


    Whilst researching online I came across your postings and hope you do not mind me adding something. Our 10th Great Grand parents were:

    Isabel Gutierrez Hernandez married to Leonel Alvarez but unfortunately cannot find their parents or any other information on them and if you have them in your tree I’d love to hear from you. We have many, many other Canarias related families within our tree, too numerous to mention here.


  11. Rebeca De La Nuez permalink
    April 10, 2015 3:56 pm

    De La Nuez surname history

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