The Spanish surname Vasquez finds its roots in Galicia in the Northwest of the country. The surname Vasquez is a patronymic name, deriving from the personal name Vasco, a reduced form of Spanish Velásquez. The personal name Vasco is an ethnic name from vasco meaning “Basque,’ and denoting someone from the Basque region, also in the Northwest of Spain. Early references to the name in Spain include Barbra de Velasco of Soba, Santander, on April 27th 1547, and Antonio de Belasco of Valladolid, on January 14th 1562. Today there are more than 160,000 people with the last name Vasquez living in The United States.