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 Family Origin

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Vela Family Occupations

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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.

  • Laborer

  • Stock Raiser

  • Keeping House

  • Farmer


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

Source: Census data for Vela | Data not to scale

Vela Historical Records

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Vela Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Vela

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