Urena History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Cornish given name Urion or Urien, meaning town born.
Early Origins of the Urena family
The surname Urena was first found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Trewarevra, and were descended from Driff in Cornwall. The original name was Trewren and Uren is an abbreviation thereof.
Urien (Urien Rheged or Uriens) was a late 6th-century king of Rheged, an early British kingdom in northern England and southern Scotland. According to Arthurian legend, he became the "King Urien of Gorre" and his son Owain mab Urien was later known as Ywain. Known for his victories at the battle of Gwen Ystrad and Alt Clut Ford, the Brythonic poet Taliesin later celebrated his life in poems.
Early History of the Urena family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urena research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1675 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Urena History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Urena Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Uren, Trewren, Hurin, Hurrion and others.
Early Notables of the Urena family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Urena is the 5,043rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Urena migration to the United States +
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Urena:
Urena Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Matias De Urena, who landed in Venezuela in 1834 
Urena 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. 
Urena Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
- Diego De Urena, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1834 
Contemporary Notables of the name Urena (post 1700) +
- Julian Scott Urena, Latin American actor from the Dominican Republic
- José Rafael Molina Urena (1921-2000), politician from the Dominican Republic
- Rafael Estrella Urena (1889-1935), Dominican politician
- Manuel Gerardo "El Purro" Urena, former Costa Rican soccer player
- Pedro Henríquez Urena (1884-1946), Dominican intellectual, essayist, philosopher, humanist, philologist and literary critic
- Juan Antonio González Urena (b. 1967), retired Spanish footballer
- Marcos Danilo Urena (b. 1990), professional Costa Rican footballer
- Max Henríquez Ureña, Dominican writer and critic
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- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies