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

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Vela Family Origin

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Vela Family Occupations

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  • Laborer

    32%
  • Stock Raiser

    10%
  • Keeping House

    9%
  • Farmer

    6%

In 1880, 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. Laborer, Stock Raiser and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Vela.

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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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