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Pena Name Meaning

Spanish (Peña), Catalan, Portuguese, and Galician: topographic name for someone who lived near a crag or cliff, Spanish peña, Catalan, Galician, and Portuguese pena, a common element of place names.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Penna, Pina, Perna, Tena, Pita, Pera, Seda, Lena, Cena, Penn

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Where is the Pena family from?

You can see how Pena families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pena family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pena families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Pena family living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Pena's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Pena families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pena surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pena ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pena. 34% of Pena men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Pena women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pena were Truck Driver and Servant.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    34%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Servant
    6%
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Census Records

There are 80,000 census records available for the last name Pena. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pena census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 64,000 immigration records available for the last name Pena. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Pena. For the veterans among your Pena ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pena lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Pena life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Pena in 1941 was 44, and 69 in 2004.

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