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Where did the Vasquez coat of arms come from? When did the Vasquez family first arrive in the United States?

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Origin Displayed: Spanish

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.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World were Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, who helped to colonize Cuba, and Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón, a nobleman who voyaged to Mexico with Cortés. Also of note was Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who settled in Mexico in 1535.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Vasquez
  • Jhonen Vasquez (b. 1974), American comic book writer, cartoonist and music video director
  • Martin Vasquez (b. 1963), Mexican-born American former professional soccer player
  • Virgil Matthew Vasquez (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Jacinto Vásquez (b. 1944), retired American Hall of Fame thoroughbred jockey
  • Gaddi Holguin Vasquez (b. 1955), the 8th United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture Dept
  • Pierre Luis Vasquez (1798-1868), American mountain man and trader
  • Roberta Vasquez (b. 1963), American model and B-movie actress
  • Randy Vasquez (b. 1961), American actor
  • Joseph B. "Joe" Vasquez (1962-1995), American independent film maker
  • Eric Vasquez (b. 1982), American soccer player


Learn More About Spanish Surnames



Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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