My last name is Falez, which is a fairly uncommon surname. The farthest person back in the family tree that I'm aware of was, I'm told, Slovenian or Austrian, which is obviously borders Italy and is in close proximity to Spain. I'm related to almost every single other Falez that I've come across.

I have done a fair amount of research and here's what I know so far.

  • Although it supposedly means 'Cliff' in Turkish, I actually haven't been able to find many Turkish people with this surname.
  • There are a handful of people in the Middle East who possess the surname.
  • If I remember correctly, the surname was prevalent in Indonesia (or at least somewhere in South East Asia). To my knowledge, Indonesian and or Filipino and or other South East Asian languages are heavily related to Spanish.
  • There was a group of people with the surname living in California and Arizona in the late 1800s.
  • The surname is very similar, especially phonetically, to other surnames such as Vélez, Vales, etc.

Does anybody know anything at all about this surname?

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    Have you tried doing autosomal DNA to see your ancestral breakdown? Have you tried doing Y-DNA (FTDNA is the place for this) to see if you match Falez's from further back or if another surname pops up? (If you are female, test your father or your brother or uncle, as long as they have the same surname) – Cyn says make Monica whole Feb 18 at 3:11
  • @Cyn theres no way in hell id deliberately hand over my DNA voluntarily to anybody. thanks nonetheless – PrimitiveNom Feb 18 at 3:15

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