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Valdes Name Meaning

Asturian-Leonese and Spanish (Valdés): habitational name from either of the two places called Valdés in Málaga and Asturies. Catalan (Valdès): nickname from Catalan valdès ‘Waldensian’, i.e. a member of a Puritan religious sect which was founded in the 12th century by Peter Valdes (died 1205) in southern France. The widespread distribution of the surname in present-day Spain, however, suggests that other sources may also have been involved.

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

Similar surnames: Vales, Sales, Valles, Calder, Cales, Valdez, Valois, Vale, Baldes

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Valdes Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Valdes name?

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

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  • Spain


  • Portugal


  • England & Wales


  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • France


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Valdes Family Origin

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Valdes Family Occupations

What did your Valdes ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Cigar Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Valdes. A less common occupation for the Valdes family was Keeping House. The most common Valdes occupation in the USA was Laborer. 28% of Valdes's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Cigar Maker

  • Keeping House


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Valdes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Valdes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Valdes 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

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Valdes. For the veterans among your Valdes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Valdes Life Expectancy

What is the average Valdes lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Valdes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Valdes in 1947 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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