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Velis Name Meaning

Variant of Spanish Véliz (see Veliz). Greek: from Turkish veli ‘guardian’, a term used to denote various administrative officials in the Ottoman Empire.

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


Similar surnames: Veliz, Melis, Delis, Valis, Peris, Venis, Vallis, Celis, Kellis

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Where is the Velis family from?

You can see how Velis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Velis family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 8 Velis families living in Texas. This was about 22% of all the recorded Velis's in the USA. Texas had the highest population of Velis families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Velis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Velis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Velis. 24% of Velis men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Labor
    24%
  • Farm Laborer
    16%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    100%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Velis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Velis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 932 immigration records available for the last name Velis. 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 Cards

There are 103 military records available for the last name Velis. For the veterans among your Velis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Velis lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Velis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Velis in 1963 was 51, and 56 in 2003.

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