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 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 what was or is 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?