John Cena

Cena in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: John Felix Anthony Cena

Place of Birth: West Newbury, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 23, 1977

*Italian (father)
*French-Canadian, English (mother)

John Cena is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, and reality television show host.

John is the son of Carol Frances (Lupien) and John Joseph Cena. John’s father is of Italian descent and John’s mother is of half French-Canadian and around half English ancestry. His maternal grandfather was professional baseball player Tony Lupien. John is married to Shay Shariatzadeh.

The word Cena means “dinner” or “supper” in Italian.

John’s paternal grandfather was Felix Joseph Cena (the son of Agostino/August Cena and Madalena/Madaline/Madolena Baleyns/Belegante/Balegno). Felix was born in Illinois. Agostino and Madalena were Italian immigrants. Agostino was born in Livorno/Leghorn, Province of Livorno, Tuscany, the son of Guiseppe Cena and Margaret. Madalena was the daughter of Felice Baleyns/Belegante and Angela Gralia.

John’s paternal grandmother was Caterino/Catherine/Katherine Ann DiVincenzo (the daughter of Antonio DiVincenzo and Felicia/Felecia Sardella/Saedella). Caterino was born in Massachusetts. Antonio and Felicia were Italian, from Pontecorvo, Province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. Antonio was the son of Domenico Ludovico DiVincenzo.

John’s maternal grandfather was Ulysses John “Tony” Lupien (the son of Ulysses John Lupien and Eugenie Marie Gosselin). John’s grandfather Tony Lupien was born in Massachusetts, the son of parents who were of French-Canadian descent. John’s great-grandfather Ulysses was the son of Francois/Frank Xavier Lupien and Laura Mary/Marie Brusseau/Brouseau. Eugenie was the daughter of Narcisse Desiré J. Gosselin and Marie-Gracieuse “Grace” Guay.

John’s maternal grandmother was Natalie Nichols (the daughter of Charles Nichols and Julie/Julia Helena Skelton). Natalie was born in Massachusetts. Charles was the son of Charles H. Nichols and Martha Emma Dix. Julia was the daughter of Horace T. Skelton and Julia C. Hobbs.

Some web sites claim that John has Arbereshe ancestry. The Arbereshe are an ethnic Albanian group that moved to Southern Italy and Sicily in the 1500s. These claims have not been verified.

Sources: Genealogies of John Cena –

John’s paternal grandfather, Felix Joseph Cena, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

John’s paternal grandmother, Caterino/Catherine/Katherine Ann DiVincenzo, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandmother, Eugenie Marie Gosselin –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandmother, Eugenie Marie Gosselin (focusing on her father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

164 Responses

  1. Check7t says:

    Okay, finally the comments are working for me.

  2. Zezaku says:

    Cena is a very common last name in Albania, but you will also find it amongst Albanians that live in places like Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. The name Cena also has many variations like Cenaj/Cena, Cana, Canaj and Cani. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was indeed from Italy, because there is a big Albanian community in Italy that fled Albania during Ottoman Conquest over 500 years ago. They are today known as the Arbëreshë and many Italian-Americans stem from these people. But never mind all of that, he has a striking similarity with my very own father, from his eyebrows, to his eyes, nose, ears, mouth and even chin.

  3. Ciro H. Italien says:

    100% not italien.. go find 1 italien that looks white like him.

  4. Ciro H. says:


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