Sena last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Sena is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Sena.

Meaning of Sena

A Spanish surname derived from the Latin word "sena," meaning a sign, standard, or banner.

Sena, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Sena surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Sena in America

Sena is the 4669th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Sena surname appeared 7,597 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Sena.

We can also compare 2010 data for Sena to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4669 4746 -1.64%
Count 7,597 6,825 10.71%
Proportion per 100k 2.58 2.53 1.96%

The history of the last name Sena

The surname SENA has its origins in Italy, where it can be traced back to the 12th century. The name is derived from the Latin word "sena," which means "old" or "ancient." This suggests that the name may have originally been used to refer to someone who was elderly or from an old family.

The earliest recorded instances of the SENA surname come from the region of Tuscany in central Italy. In the 13th century, there are references to the SENA family in the town of Siena, one of the most important cities in medieval Tuscany. The name appears in various documents from this period, including tax records and property deeds.

One notable historical figure with the SENA surname was Marco da Siena, a 14th-century painter and sculptor. He was born in Siena around 1320 and is best known for his contributions to the Camposanto Monumentale, a famous cemetery in Pisa adorned with frescoes by several renowned artists of the time.

Another significant individual was Alessandro Sena, a 16th-century physician and philosopher from Naples. He wrote several works on medical topics and was a proponent of the scientific method in his approach to studying the natural world.

In the 17th century, there are records of a SENA family living in the town of Bagnoregio, located in the province of Viterbo, north of Rome. One member of this family, Francesco Sena, was a renowned architect who designed several churches and other buildings in the region.

During the 19th century, the SENA surname gained prominence in the field of literature. Giovacchino Sena, born in Naples in 1811, was a poet and playwright who wrote in both Italian and Neapolitan dialect. His works often explored themes of social injustice and the struggles of the working class.

Another notable figure was Umberto Sena, an Italian philosopher and writer born in Turin in 1891. He was a member of the Futurist movement and contributed to various avant-garde literary journals and publications during the early 20th century.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Sena

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Sena.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Sena was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 33.01% 2,508
Non-Hispanic Black Only 2.04% 155
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 3.30% 251
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.83% 63
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.04% 79
Hispanic Origin 59.77% 4,541

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Sena has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 33.01% 33.49% -1.44%
Black 2.04% 1.05% 64.08%
Asian and Pacific Islander 3.30% 2.37% 32.80%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.83% 0.85% -2.38%
Two or More Races 1.04% 2.64% -86.96%
Hispanic 59.77% 59.59% 0.30%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Sena was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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