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884
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
25k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Vela

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How popular is the baby name Vela in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1888 6 6 0
1890 5 5 0
1893 5 5 0
1894 5 5 0
1895 5 5 0
1896 5 5 0
1897 8 8 0
1898 10 10 0
1899 5 5 0
1900 11 11 0
1901 8 8 0
1902 8 8 0
1903 8 8 0
1904 11 11 0
1905 16 16 0
1906 7 7 0
1907 12 12 0
1908 13 13 0
1909 14 14 0
1910 13 13 0
1911 13 13 0
1912 15 15 0
1913 16 16 0
1914 25 25 0
1915 38 38 0
1916 20 20 0
1917 17 17 0
1918 21 21 0
1919 27 27 0
1920 22 22 0
1921 15 15 0
1922 18 18 0
1923 25 25 0
1924 21 21 0
1925 18 18 0
1926 15 15 0
1927 19 19 0
1928 18 18 0
1929 9 9 0
1930 15 15 0
1931 14 14 0
1932 8 8 0
1933 12 12 0
1934 14 14 0
1935 8 8 0
1936 10 10 0
1937 7 7 0
1938 7 7 0
1939 9 9 0
1940 6 6 0
1941 6 6 0
1942 8 8 0
1943 6 6 0
1945 6 6 0
1946 6 6 0
1947 9 9 0
1949 6 6 0
1950 7 7 0
1951 9 9 0
1954 12 12 0
1957 6 6 0
1959 6 6 0
1960 6 6 0
1961 7 7 0
1963 6 6 0
1964 8 8 0
1967 5 5 0
1970 5 5 0
1998 5 5 0
2007 7 7 0
2009 5 5 0
2010 15 15 0
2011 12 12 0
2012 10 10 0
2013 12 12 0
2014 16 16 0
2015 21 21 0

Fun Facts about the name Vela

  • How many people with the first name Vela have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 884 babies born with the first name Vela in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vela to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Vela? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Vela first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vela is Wednesday, December 12th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Vela born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vela was in 1915 with a total of 38 babies.
  • Random Vela Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Vela is not a popular baby girl's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Vela: Your name in reverse order is Alev. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ealv. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Vela? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 25,414 people with the last name Vela.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Vela? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Vela as their last name.
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Vela U.S.
  White 7.62% 64.26%
  African American 0.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.19% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 91.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Vela

People with the last name Vela are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Vela" mean? The list below shows the origins of Vela as well as things modernly associated with the name Vela such as celebrities named Vela.

Spanish

Origin and Meaning of Vela

The name "Vela" is of Spanish origin, and it means "Vigilant, Watchful". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A constellation in the southern hemisphere between Carina and Pyxis ("because of its configuration Vela is sometimes called `the Sails'")
  1. plural of velum

vela was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Catalan, Galician, Italian, Ladin, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Zulu

Other Inspirations for the Name Vela

Vela Scarves
Vela Canopies
Vela Fifa 15
Vela Filemon
Vela Incident
Vela Insurance
Vela Luka
Vela Satellites
Vela The Night Clad Edh

What does the name Vela mean?

Vis for valor, your strength.

Eis for excellence, your passion, your drive.

Lis for love, your love of life!

Ais for acquaintance, the many friends you know.

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