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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Pestana

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From Old Portuguese pestana, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Galician pestana, Mirandese pestanha, Asturian pestaña, Spanish pestaña and Catalan pestanya.

  1. eyelash (one of the hairs which grow along the edge of eyelids)
  2. nap (short period of sleep)
  3. (music) nut (a small piece at the peghead end of the fingerboard of string instruments that holds the strings)
  4. (music) barre chord (type of chord where a finger presses multiple strings)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Pestana

Livia Brito is an actress and model. She was most prominent from 2010 to present. Livia was given the name Livia Brito Pestana on July 21st, 1986 in Havana.


Ángel Pestaña was a syndicalism and politician. Ángel was born on February 14th, 1886 in Ponferrada. He died on December 11th, 1937.


Augusto Pestana was a politician. Augusto was born on May 22nd, 1868 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He died on May 29th, 1934.


Hélio was born on May 25th, 1985 in Portugal.


Cyro was born on November 17th, 1898. He passed away on May 1st, 1982.


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Popularity of Pestana as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pestana U.S.
  White 58.74% 64.26%
  African American 2.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.42% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 28.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pestana

People with the last name Pestana are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Pestana

  • How Popular is the name Pestana? As a last name Pestana was the 19,152nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Pestana? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Pestana was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Pestana: Your name in reverse order is Anatsep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Stpaean. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pestana? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,418 people with the last name Pestana.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pestana? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Pestana as their last name since less than 1 person in 208k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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