Velez 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 Velez 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 Velez family

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

Early History of the Velez family

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

Velez 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 Velez 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 Velez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Velez migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Velez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ruy Velez, who arrived in America in 1813 [1]
  • Lucia Velez, who arrived in New Spain in 1834 [1]
  • Catalina Velez, who landed in Veragua in 1835 [1]
  • Francisco Velez, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835 [1]
  • Isabel Velez, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1836 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Velez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ana Velez, aged 30, who landed in America from Medellin, Columbia, in 1910
  • Berta Velez, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico City, Mexico, in 1910
  • Arnaldo Velez, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Iquique, Chile, in 1918
  • Bernardo Velez, aged 39, who settled in America from Solares, Spain, in 1920
  • Anselo Velez, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Velez (post 1700) +

  • Eddie Velez (b. 1958), Hispanic-American actor
  • Desiree Marie Velez, Puerto Rican-American actor
  • Virginia Velez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [2]
  • Rosa Velez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008 [2]
  • Ramon S. Velez, American politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972; Victory Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1978 [2]
  • Miguel Velez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [2]
  • Elizabeth Velez, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1996 [2]
  • Basilio Velez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1912 [2]
  • Miguel G. Ortiz Velez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1996 [3]
  • Eusebio Vélez Mandizábal (1935-2020), Spanish cyclist who finished 2nd in the 1966 Vuelta a España and 3rd in the 1968 Vuelta a España
  • ... (Another 6 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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