Last name: Velez

This Spanish and Portuguese surname is of pre 5th century German origins. Recorded in the forms of Vela, Velez, Vella, Villareal, and sometimes Villa, the derivation is a short form of the original 'Vigila', a popular baptismal name used by the tribes of the Vizigoth. These fierce people from what is now East Germany, swept down through Europe to Spain and Italy in the year 410 a.d., destroying the Roman armies, and remaining as conquerors until the 8th century, when they in turn were defeated. During this period they imposed their culture on the natives population, the most popular of the Spanish given names and surnames such as Gonzalez and Ramirez being examples of the modern forms of Vizigoth names. In this case the name translates as 'battle-war' or similar from 'wig' meaning war and 'hild' - a battle. It has been suggested that some nameholders at least may themselves have a Roman (Latin) origin, and their surname descend from the word 'vigilia'. This was used as a description for a guard, one who kept 'vigilant'. Early examples of the surname recording include Ximenez Vela at Chiclana, Cadiz, Spain, on March 1st 1593, whilst the surname was also early into California, Alba Villa being recorded at San Gabriel, L. A., on June 11th 1797, and John Raymond Vela at Antioch, Costa Contra, on May 19th 1947. The coat of arms has the blazon of a silver field, a black eagle displayed, within a blue border. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Joseph Villareal, which was dated March 26th 1563, at Nuestra Senora La Antigua, Valladolid, during the reign of King Phillip 11 of Spain, Emperor of Mexico, 1556 - 1598. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Nico Velez
Very cool to see so many Velez tribes out in the world.

Marcos Ponce de leon

The name Velez comes from east Germany. The first family of velez travel from spain to puerto rico in 1550s to 1600s with my family . thats all i know.

David velez

Very much interested in finding out more about my ancestry thank you all for your great information. God bless you all!

Velez
First off, I would like to say thank you for the extreamly helpful information. I have a question, my English teacher once told me that -ez surnames that come from Mexico are Juwish. She said that some Juwish-Spaniards fled from Spain, because of the Catholic Monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492, to the New World, now Mexico, and added -ez to their surnames to be able to find eachother in later years. I was wondering what that would make me, part German, Spanish, Moorish, Native, Catholic, and Jewish?

Sandra Velez
Velez is a well-known name all throughout souterhn Spain and is Moorish in origin, not Germanic.