John Cena

Cena in 2011, Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: John Felix Anthony Cena

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

Date of Birth: April 23, 1977

Ethnicity:
*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. 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. He was a professional baseball player. 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 – http://www.geni.com
https://famouskin.com
https://www.wikitree.com

John’s paternal grandfather, Felix Joseph Cena, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandmother, Eugenie Marie Gosselin – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandmother, Eugenie Marie Gosselin (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.ancestry.co.uk

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164 Responses

  1. Bobby Martnen says:

    http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=cena

    Cena does not appear to be a surname with any Albanian origins.

    CORRECTION

    Leghorn is this proper English name for the city known is Italian as Livorno. (it is known in French as Livourne)

  2. Tux says:

    You can find people like him from central Italy all the way to the south. People who say X person looks French or Italian or X person doesn’t look French or Italian just because they’re either dark or light just show that they’ve never been to these countries once in their lives because both France and Italy are the most heterogeneous countries in all of Europe. Italians and French people can look like anything. No other country in Europe has as diverse phenotypes in their land as France and Italy does. Even in the north all Italians don’t look the same just as it is in central and the south. This percieved Italian/French look is largely based on America’s limited experience with both these groups. All of their Italians are mostly Sicilians (who also look different from each other). They have no identity how diverse of a country Italy is.

  3. Check7t says:

    Looks more British/French than Italian.

    • dennybb says:

      i don’t thik you ever been to italy or saw a real italians

      check on youtube this north italian people

      federica fontana

      maddalena corvaglia

      alessia marcuzzi

      paola barale

      ilary blasi

      antonella clerici

      laura chiatti

      laura freddi

      check on yahoo “Racial reality italians geocities”

      • Tux says:

        You don’t need to post only north italians to show how diverse Italian phenotypes are. It can be observed all over. This sentiment on how Italians should look seems to come mostly from Americans whose idea on Italians is entirely based on Hollywood mafia movies played by mostly non italian actors to begin with. Ironically their idea on Italians isn’t the only flawed view on ethnicity they have. They’re also ignorant of the diversity in British or German phenotypes as well. In America all Germans are thought to be fair and blonde however most of the German American immigrants were the total opposite as most were Bavarians.

  4. ihatemostpeople says:

    His father was Mexican. I read this somewhere…..

  5. Check7t says:

    He does not look very Italian.

    • Nikki says:

      yeah he doesn’t much

      • andrew says:

        too much steroids!

      • dennybb says:

        i don’t thik you ever been to italy or saw a real italians

        check on youtube this north italian people

        federica fontana

        maddalena corvaglia

        alessia marcuzzi

        paola barale

        ilary blasi

        antonella clerici

        laura chiatti

        laura freddi

        check on yahoo “Racial reality italians geocities”

    • dennybb says:

      i don’t thik you ever been to italy or saw a real italians

      check on youtube this north italian people

      federica fontana

      maddalena corvaglia

      alessia marcuzzi

      paola barale

      ilary blasi

      antonella clerici

      laura chiatti

      laura freddi

      check on yahoo “Racial reality italians geocities”

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