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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.


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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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arena Settlers in 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


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  • Gilbert Jay Arena Jr. (b. 1982), American professional basketball player
  • Kenneth Scott "Kenny" Arena (b. 1981), former American soccer defender
  • Benjamin J. Arena, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 1948
  • Bruce Arena (b. 1951), American soccer coach
  • Franca Arena (b. 1939), Australian politician and activist
  • Tina Arena (b. 1967), Australian singer of Sicilian heritage
  • Marie Arena (b. 1966), Belgian politician


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  1. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  4. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  8. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  9. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
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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 18 January 2016 at 11:24.

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