While the family tradition recorded by Fernan Perez de Ayala in the 13th century traces them back to Don Vela, son of King Sancho Ramirez of Aragon, it is certainly false for two reasons. First of all, Sancho Ramirez can not be shown to have had a son named Vela. Second, the holding of Ayala can be traced to an earlier time, when two Velasquez (son of Vela) brothers were vassals of Sancho Ramirez, King of Viguera (first cousin of the great-grandfather of the King of Aragon of the same name). Presumably, some vague recollection of this earlier connection served as the basis for the later flawed origin legend.
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