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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Pena

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  • A user from California, United States says the name Pena is of Spanish origin and means "Group of people".
  • A submission from Philippines says the name Pena means "Gift of god" and is of Philippines origin.
Other origins: Hebrew, Indian (Sanskrit), Mexican, and Latin

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Notable Persons Named Pena

Pena is a soccer player for the Serrano Sport Club, Rio Branco Esporte Clube, Ceará Sporting Club, Grasshopper Club Zürich, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, FC Porto, RC Strasbourg Alsace, S.C. Braga, C.S. Marítimo, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Paulista Futebol Clube, and Associação Des. Pena was born on February 19th, 1974 in Vitória da Conquista, Brazil. Pena is also known as Pereira de Jesus and Renivaldo.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Pena

Michael Peña is an actor. He has been prominent since 1994. Michael was given the name Michael Anthony Peña on January 13th, 1976 in Chicago.


Elizabeth Peña was an actress. She was most active from 1979 to 2014. Elizabeth was given the name Elizabeth Maria Peña on September 23rd, 1959 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S. Elizabeth is also known as Elizabeth Pena. She passed away on October 14th, 2014.


Julianna was born on August 19th, 1989 in Spokane, Washington, U.S.


Wily Mo Peña is a baseball player for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Wily was born on January 23rd, 1982 in Laguna Salada.


Iván de la Peña is a soccer player for the Racing de Santander, FC Barcelona, FC Barcelona B, S.S. Lazio, Olympique de Marseille, RCD Espanyol, Spain national under-16 football team, Spain national under-17 football team, and Spain national under-18 football team. Iván was born on May 6th, 1976 in Santander, Spain.


Carlos Peña is a baseball player. Carlos was born on May 17th, 1978 in Santo Domingo.


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Popularity of Pena as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pena U.S.
  White 5.34% 64.26%
  African American 0.52% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.09% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.31% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 92.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pena

People with the last name Pena are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Pena

  • How Popular is the name Pena? As a last name Pena was the 227th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Pena first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Pena is Friday, March 22nd, 1872.
  • How unique is the name Pena? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Pena. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Pena: Your name in reverse order is Anep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enpa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pena? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 130,776 people with the last name Pena.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pena? Pena was ranked as the 227th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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