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Where did the Spanish Vazquez family come from? What is the Spanish Vazquez family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vazquez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vazquez 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 Vazquez 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 Vazquez research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1110 is included under the topic Early Vazquez 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 Vazquez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who settled in Mexico in 1535. He explored the Rio Grande and the Grand Canyon, and went as far as Arkansas. His brother Juan emigrated to Central America, and held administrative posts in Guatemala, San Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Vazquez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Marcelino Vazquez, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Juan Vazquez, who landed in America in 1812
  • Isabel Vazquez, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Catalina Vazquez, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Elvira Vazquez, who arrived in America in 1813


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  • Roberto Vazquez, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 115th District, 2000
  • Maria Vazquez, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008
  • Maria Vazquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2000
  • Leopoldo R. Vazquez, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Jaime Vazquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • Gloria Vazquez, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1992
  • Emilio J. Vazquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2008
  • Javier Carlos Vázquez (b. 1976), American from Puerto Rico who is a pitcher in the Major leagues
  • Fernando Vázquez (b. 1954), Spanish Galician football manager
  • Juan Manuel Montero Vázquez (b. 1947), Spanish military physician and Surgeon General

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  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  9. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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The Vazquez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vazquez Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 25 January 2016 at 15:01.

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