Vaz 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 Vaz 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 Vaz family

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

Early History of the Vaz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vaz research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1110, 1607 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Vaz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vaz 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 Vaz 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...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vaz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Vaz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vaz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Felipe Vaz, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1866 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vaz (post 1700) +

  • Carlos Vaz Ferreira (1872-1958), Uruguayan philosopher, writer, and academic
  • Luis Vaz de Camoëns (1524-1580), Portuguese poet


  1. ^ 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)


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