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Where did the Italian Arena family come from? What is the Italian Arena family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arena family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arena family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Arena, Areni, D'Arena, Arenella, Arenello, Areniello, Arenoso and many more.

First found in various parts of Southern Italy including early references in Sicily, and the city of Naples. The name eventually moved further north, and those members of the family that lived there adopted the northern tradition of ending their name in "i," whereas those that stayed in the south kept the southern suffixes. The name Arena means "sand" and was probably first given to someone who lived near a beach or sandy area.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arena research. Another 307 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1382 is included under the topic Early Arena History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Arena Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arena Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan De Arena, who landed in America in 1814
  • Pedro De Arena, who landed in America in 1826
  • Antonio Arena, aged 45, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Ignacio DeLa Arena, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Isna Arena, aged 26, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829


  • Bruce Arena (b. 1951), American soccer coach
  • Kenneth Scott "Kenny" Arena (b. 1981), former American soccer defender
  • Gilbert Jay Arena Jr. (b. 1982), American professional basketball player
  • Tina Arena (b. 1967), Australian singer of Sicilian heritage
  • Marie Arena (b. 1966), Belgian politician
  • Franca Arena (b. 1939), Australian politician and activist


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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  9. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  10. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  11. ...

The Arena Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arena Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 13 January 2013 at 18:59.

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