Vélez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Vélez 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.

Early Origins of the Vélez family

The surname Vélez was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Early History of the Vélez family

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Vélez Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Vélez family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were Pero Vélez, a thirteenth century Castilian nobleman; Pero Vélez de Guevara, fourteenth century poet; fifteenth century knight Pero Vázquez de Saavedra; Juan Bautista Vázquez of Seville, sixteenth century sculptor; Golden Age court painter Diego Velázquez (whose full name was...
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Vélez Ranking

In the United States, the name Vélez is the 705th most popular surname with an estimated 42,279 people with that name. [1]


United States Vélez migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vélez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ruy Velez, who arrived in America in 1813 [2]
  • Lucia Velez, who arrived in New Spain in 1834 [2]
  • Catalina Velez, who landed in Veragua in 1835 [2]
  • Francisco Velez, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835 [2]
  • Alonso Velez, who landed in America in 1838 [2]
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Vélez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ana Velez, aged 30, who landed in America from Medellin, Columbia, in 1910
  • Berta Velez, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico City, Mexico, in 1910
  • Arnaldo Velez, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Iquique, Chile, in 1918
  • Bernardo Velez, aged 39, who settled in America from Solares, Spain, in 1920
  • Anselo Velez, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1920
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West Indies Vélez migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Vélez Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Isabel Velez, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1836 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vélez (post 1700) +

  • Eddie Velez (b. 1958), Hispanic-American actor
  • Desiree Marie Velez, Puerto Rican-American actor
  • Virginia Velez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [4]
  • Rosa Velez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008 [4]
  • Ramon S. Velez, American politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972; Victory Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1978 [4]
  • Miguel Velez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [4]
  • Elizabeth Velez, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1996 [4]
  • Basilio Velez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1912 [4]
  • Miguel G. Ortiz Velez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1996 [5]
  • Eusebio Vélez Mandizábal (1935-2020), Spanish cyclist who finished 2nd in the 1966 Vuelta a España and 3rd in the 1968 Vuelta a España
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  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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