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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."

Pena Early Origins



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

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Pena Spelling Variations


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Pena 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.

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Pena Early History


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Pena Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Pena Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pena Early Notables (pre 1700)



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...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pena Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pena Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pena Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pena (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pena (post 1700)



  • Alejandro De Peña, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 20th District, 1996, 1998, 2000
  • 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
  • Alfredo Antonio Peña (1944-2016), Venezuelan journalist and politician
  • Joaquín Antonio Benoit Peña (b. 1977), Dominican Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres
  • Roque Sáenz Peña (1851-1914), President of Argentina from 12 October 1910 to 9 August 1914
  • Pedro Pablo Peña Cañete (1864-1943), President of Paraguay from January 1, 1912 to March 25, 1912
  • José Manuel de la Peña y Peña (1789-1850), Mexican politician and lawyer
  • Tony Peña (b. 1957), professional baseball player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    10. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
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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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