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

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Velasquez research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1110 is included under the topic Early Velasquez 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 Velasquez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Velasquez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Delons Velasquez, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1897

Velasquez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Federico Crempie Velasquez, aged 43, who landed in America from Barranquilla, Columbia, in 1912
  • Ernesto Velasquez, aged 18, who landed in America from Mexico City, Mexico, in 1913
  • Evangalina Velasquez, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Medellin, Columbia, in 1914
  • Fred Velasquez, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Alexand Velasquez, aged 25, who landed in America from Barranquilla, Columbia, in 1916


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  • Jorge Velásquez (b. 1946), Panama-born, American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey
  • Modesto Velasquez, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1952
  • Maria R. Velasquez, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984
  • Manuel Velasquez, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 25th District, 1952; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 18th District, 1958
  • Louis D. Velasquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972; Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972; Mayor of Fullerton, California, 1979-80
  • Arthur Velasquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008
  • Carlos Iván Velasquez (b. 1984), Puerto Rican amateur boxer
  • Wilmer Raynel Neal Velasquez (b. 1972), retired Honduran football player
  • Regine Velasquez (b. 1970), Filipina singer, actress


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  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  9. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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