Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Galician : habitational name from any of the places in Galicia named Varela, from a diminutive of vara ‘rod’, ‘stick’.
  • Greek (Varelas) : from Greek varela ‘barrel’, from Italian barella ‘barrel’. Accented on the final syllable, varelás is a metonymic occupational name for a cooper; with the accent on the middle syllable, varélas is a nickname for a large fat man.