I seem to have stumbled upon an international mania of the 1800s...naming sons andDAUGHTERS for Juan Fernandez.
I know about the Spanish navigator Juan Fernandez of the late 1500s, after whom the Chilean islands are named,
Could babies of both sexes, all over the country and in Canada,have beennamed "Juan Fernandez" because of HIM.
Was there another hero type Juan Fernandez of that time period that I'm missing?
Here are a few Juan Fernandez name sakes, literally from A to Z, thatI've turned up today, in addition to the two I originally mentioned"
Juan Fernandez Alden born 1809 in Essex, New York Juan Fernandez Brown born 1830 in Tennessee was FEMALE, daughter of Isaac Brown from Scotland, married George WISHINGTON (sic) Bradford, and had a daughter named Libetheriadas (Phew!) Ware Bradford BROWN. Juan Fernandez Grice born 1869 in Roanoke, VA to a decidely non-Hispanic family. Elihu Juan Fernandez Heffington born 1834 in Arkansas. Juan Fernandez Henderson, Juan Fernandez Higgins, another WOMAN, Juan Fernandez Knock, born 1850 in Illinois Juan Fernandez Perry,a female, born 1839 in TEXAS who, not surprisingly,went by the name of Joan Juan Fernandez SMITH, son of Judge Harris Smith and Hannah Spink ...and so on to
Juan Fernandez Zinn born 1828 to John Zinn and Ruth Grandy of West Virginia
WHY?? Seems to have been particular popular in the south.