Pena Family History

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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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Pena Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pena name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pena. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • England & Wales


  • Portugal


  • France


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Pena Family Origin

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Pena Family Occupations

What did your Pena ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Pena occupation in the USA was Laborer. 26% of Pena's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pena. A less common occupation for the Pena family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pena ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pena Historical Records

What Pena family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Pena Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pena

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pena ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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