Show ContentsDelapena History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Delapena, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Delapena, 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 Delapena family originally lived near a cliff or on a rocky patch of land. Ancient records reveal the name Delapena is derived from the Spanish word "peña," which means "rock," "crag" or "cliff."

Early Origins of the Delapena family

The surname Delapena was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.

Early History of the Delapena family

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Delapena Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Delapena family

Prominent among members of the family were seventeenth century Spanish writer Juan Antonio de la Peña; eighteenth century Colombian military officer Vicente Peña; nineteenth century Colombian poet Belisario Peña; nineteenth century Ecuadoran jurist and diplomat Lorenzo R. Peña; nineteenth century Colombian naturalist Camilo Peña; nineteenth century...
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Delapena Ranking

In the United States, the name Delapena is the 10,928th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Delapena migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Delapena Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alonso DeLaPena, who landed in Cartagena in 1835 [2]
  • Diego DeLaPena, who landed in New Spain in 1835 [2]
  • Toribio DeLaPena, who arrived in New Spain in 1836 [2]
  • Gutierre DeLaPena, who arrived in Venezuela in 1863 [2]

West Indies Delapena migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Delapena Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Francisco DeLaPena, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1835 [2]
  • Maria DeLaPena, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1836 [2]
  • Juan DeLaPena, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1838 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Delapena (post 1700) +

  • Narciso Virgilio Díaz de la Peña (1807-1876), French landscape painter

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