Found in the valley of Mena (Alava, which today is Burgos), with branches in Bilbao and in Dima (Biscay) and it appears to have also moved from there into Navarre. It appears to mean mineral or a vein of mineral deposits, however at least one author, Lopez Mendizabal, holds that its meaning is pastoral.
Notable people with the name
- Carlos Mena, Spanish countertenor
- Luis Mena Irarrázabal, Chilean footballer
- Juanjo Mena, Spanish conductor
- Luis Mena, Former President of Nicaragua
- Eugenio Mena, Chilean footballer
- Javiera Mena, Chilean pop singer
- Juan de Mena, Spanish Renaissance poet
- Maria Mena, Norwegian pop singer
- Odlanier Mena, Chilean general
- Omar Mena, Cuban sprinter
- Pedro de Mena, Spanish sculptor in the 17th century
- Francisco Mena, Jockey
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- Alvarez, Grace de Jesus C. (1 December 2014). Topónimos en apellidos hispanos. Garden City, N.Y., Adelphi University. ISBN 9788470392115.