Humanities › History & Culture VALDEZ - Surname Meaning and Family History What Is the Meaning of the Last Name Valdez? Share Flipboard Email Print Getty / Chris Mellor History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated February 20, 2020 The Valdez surname has more than one possible origin: A patronymic surname meaning son of Baldo (from the German bald, "brave"); Baldo is a shortened form of Baltazar, one of the three magi.One who came from Valdéz (tableland), translated literally as "from the valley." Valdez is the 47th most common Hispanic surname. Surname Origin: Spanish Alternate Surname Spellings: VALDES Famous People with the Surname VALDEZ Jerónimo Valdés: Spanish general and governor of CubaJeremy Ray Valdez: American actor Where is the VALDEZ Surname Most Common? Forebears, which uses various name lists (census records, telephone books, birth records, etc.) to determine surname distribution, claims that Valdez is the 687th most common surname in the world, and is most prevalent in Mexico. Valdez ranks as the 35th most common surname in the Dominican Republic, 67th in Paraguay and 73rd in Mexico. Genealogy Resources for the Surname VALDEZ 50 Common Hispanic Surnames and Their MeaningsGarcia, Martinez, Rodriguez, Lopez, Hernandez... Are you one of the millions of people sporting one of these top 50 common Hispanic last names? Valdez Family Crest: It's Not What You ThinkContrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Valdez family crest or coat of arms for the Valdez surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. VALDEZ at Family Tree DNAIndividuals with the Valdez surname are invited to use this site to find their common heritage through DNA testing. FamilySearch: VALDEZ GenealogyExplore over 1.7 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Valdez surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. GeneaNet: Valdez RecordsGeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Valdez surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries. VALDEZ Surname & Family Mailing Lists RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Valdez surname. In addition to joining a list, you can also browse or search the archives to explore over a decade of postings for the Valdez surname. Ancestry.com: Valdez SurnameExplore over 2.8 million digitized records and database entries, including census records, passenger lists, military records, land deeds, probates, wills and other records for the Valdez surname on the subscription-based website, Ancestry.com Sources Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.