Vela History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Vela family

The surname Vela was first found in Navarre, one of the medieval Christian kingdoms of northern Spain.

Early History of the Vela family

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Vela Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vela, Velez and others.

Early Notables of the Vela family (pre 1700)

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United States Vela migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vela Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Juan Vela, who arrived in the West Indies in 1513
  • Martin Vela, who settled in the Dominican Republic in 1513
  • Jorge Vela, who settled in Mexico in 1531
  • Blas Vela, who arrived in America in 1576
Vela Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ignacio Vela, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1811 [1]
  • Juan Vela, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Martin Vela, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Julian Vela, who arrived in America in 1816 [1]
  • Jose Vela, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1823 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Vela (post 1700) +

  • Blanca Sanchez Vela (1936-2014), American politician and matriarch of one of the most prominent families in Brownsville, Texas
  • Norma Safford Vela, American television writer, director and producer
  • Roseanne "Rosie" Vela (b. 1954), American model and singer-songwriter
  • Manuel M. Vela, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996 [2]
  • Luce Vela, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2008 [2]
  • Filemon Vela, American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 34th District; Elected 2012 [2]
  • Blasco Núñez Vela (1490-1546), first Spanish viceroy of Peru
  • Giuseppe Vela (b. 1977), Brazilian footballer
  • Arqueles Vela (1899-1977), Mexican writer, journalist and teacher
  • Sergio Vela (b. 1964), Mexican opera director, designer, radio and television host, musician, lawyer and academician
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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