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Where did the Spanish Pena family come from? What is the Spanish Pena family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pena family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pena family history?Noble surnames, such as Pena, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Pena, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Pena family originally lived near a cliff or on a rocky patch of land. Ancient records reveal the name Pena is derived from the Spanish word "peña," which means "rock," "crag" or "cliff."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Pena, Peña, Penas, Peñas, de Pena, de Peña, de la Pena, de la Peña, Peñal, Penal, Peñón, Peñon, Penón, Penon, Peño, Peno, Peñuela and many more.
First found in Castile, in north central Spain.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pena research. Another 414 words(30 lines of text) covering the year 1338 is included under the topic Early Pena History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 90 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pena Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
- Rodrigo de Peña sailed to America in 1516
- Bartolomé de Peña sailed to Cuba in 1517
- Diego de Peña sailed to New Spain in 1534
- Francisco de la Peña sailed to Nicaragua in 1534
- Jerónimo Peña sailed to Río de la Plata in 1535
Pena Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Antonio De Pena, who arrived in America in 1813
- Rodrigo De Pena, who arrived in America in 1816
- Bartolome De Pena, who landed in Cuba in 1817
- Josefa Pena, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1825
- Juana Pena, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1825
- Alejandro Peña (b. 1959), professional baseball player and World Series winning pitcher in 1988
- Elizabeth Peña (b. 1961), American actress and Hispanic Women's Council "Woman of the Year" in 1988
- Paco Peña (b. 1942), Spanish flamenco guitarist
- Luis Sáenz Peña (1822-1907), President of Argentina from 1892 to 1895
- Tony Peña (b. 1957), professional baseball player
- Esteban Valderrama y de la Peña (b. 1892), Cuban painter
- José Manuel de la Peña y Peña (1789-1850), Mexican politician and lawyer
- Pedro Pablo Peña Cañete (1864-1943), President of Paraguay from January 1, 1912 to March 25, 1912
- Roque Sáenz Peña (1851-1914), President of Argentina from 12 October 1910 to 9 August 1914
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The Pena Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pena 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.
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