Vela Family History

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Vela Name Meaning

Spanish, Catalan and Galician: of uncertain derivation; it could be from the pre-Roman personal name Vela (compare Basque bela, vela ‘raven’). More likely perhaps, it may be a byname from vela meaning either ‘sail’ or ‘watchman’. Spanish: habitational name from a place name Vela, in Córdoba province. Portuguese: habitational name from a place named Vela in Portugal. Czech: from a pet form of either of two personal names, Velislav or Velimir.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Vea, Vila, Vala, Seda, Velo, Vena, Vilas, Mula, Vega, Vida

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Vela Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Vela name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Vela. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • England & Wales


  • Portugal


  • France


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Vela Family Origin

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Vela Family Occupations

What did your Vela ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Stock Raiser and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Vela. The most common Vela occupation in the USA was Laborer. 32% of Vela's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Vela family was Farmer.

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  • Laborer

  • Stock Raiser

  • Keeping House

  • Farmer


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Vela ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Vela Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Vela. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vela census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Vela. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Vela. For the veterans among your Vela ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Vela Life Expectancy

What is the average Vela lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Vela life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Vela in 1950 was 37, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Vela ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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