The Spanish surname De La Peña is a an habitation surname, deriving from the Spanish word peña meaning "rock," "crag" or "cliff. The earliest public record of the surname dates to the XIII century in the Valley de Mena (Burgos) in the Kingdom of Castile. The bearers of this surname proved their noble descent in the Order of Saint James of the Sword in and the Order of Calatrava. The name is a popular name in the United States with approximately 100,000 bearers of the name there presently.
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