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Vela

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909
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Vela

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

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

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

Notable Persons Named Vela

Vela was given the name Vela Peeva Peeva on March 16th, 1922 in Kamenitsa, Bulgaria. She breathed her last breath on May 3rd, 1944.

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He died in 883.

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Vela Manusaute is a writer and director. Vela was born in Niue.

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He passed away in 1160.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Vela

Carlos Vela is a soccer player for the Real Sociedad, C.D. Guadalajara, Arsenal F.C., Celta de Vigo, UD Salamanca, CA Osasuna, West Bromwich Albion F.C., Mexico national under-17 football team, and Mexico national football team. Carlos was born on March 1st, 1989 in Cancun, Mexico.

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Roseanne "Rosie" Vela is a model, actress, singer-songwriter, and model (people). Roseanne was given the name Roseanne Vela on December 18th, 1952 in Galveston, Texas, U.S.

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Josh Vela is a soccer player for the Bolton Wanderers F.C. and Notts County F.C. Josh was born on December 14th, 1993 in Salford, England. Josh is also known as Vela and Joshua James.

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Rodolfo Neri Vela is an engineer.

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Filemon, Jr. Vela is an attorney at law and politician. Filemon, was born on February 13th, 1963 in Harlingen, Texas, U.S.

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Ricky Vela is a tejano music, mexican cumbia, ranchera, latin pop, music of latin america, rhythm, blues, and pop music songwriter and keyboards. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to 1995. Ricky was given the name Ricardo Vela . Ricky is also known as Rick and Ricky.

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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 22 22 0
2016 24 24 0

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Popularity of Vela as a first name

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Popularity of Vela as a 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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Fun Facts about the name Vela

  • How Popular is the name Vela? Vela is the 11,036th most popular name of all time. As a last name Vela was the 1,396th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Vela have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 909 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 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Vela is not a popular baby girl's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1919.
  • 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 Lvae. 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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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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