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Where did the Spanish Velasquez family come from? When did the Velasquez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Velasquez family history?

In Spain, the earliest forms of hereditary surnames were patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronymic Velasquez is such a name, having been derived from the medieval given name Velasco. This name was in turn derived from the Basque word "bela," which means "crow," and the diminutive suffix sko.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Blas, Blasco, Blásquez, Blasquez, Velázquez, Velazquez, Vásquez, Vasquez, Vázquez, Vazquez, Velasco, Vélez, Velez, Velasquez and many more.

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Velasquez research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1110 is included under the topic Early Velasquez History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 121 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Velasquez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Velasquez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Delons Velasquez, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1897

Velasquez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Federico Crempie Velasquez, aged 43, who landed in America from Barranquilla, Columbia, in 1912
  • Ernesto Velasquez, aged 18, who landed in America from Mexico City, Mexico, in 1913
  • Evangalina Velasquez, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Medellin, Columbia, in 1914
  • Fred Velasquez, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Alexand Velasquez, aged 25, who landed in America from Barranquilla, Columbia, in 1916


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  • Jorge Velásquez (b. 1946), Panama-born, American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey
  • Regine Velasquez (b. 1970), Filipina singer, actress
  • Wilmer Raynel Neal Velasquez (b. 1972), retired Honduran football player
  • Carlos Iván Velasquez (b. 1984), Puerto Rican amateur boxer


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