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Penk Surname Meaning

German: habitational name from any of various places so named in Bavaria. German: from a pet form of the personal name Benignus (see Benigno ). German: from an Old Prussian personal name. Sorbian (P'eńk): from a diminutive of Lower Sorbian p'eń ‘tree stump trunk’ (see Penn ) probably a nickname for a short stocky person or for a fool; compare 5 below. Germanized form of Sorbian Pjeńk: cognate of 1 above from Upper Sorbian pjeńk ‘tree stump trunk’ by extension also ‘blockhead fool’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Penn, Pink, Wenk, Renk, Perk, Beck, Denk, Peak, Penka, Peck

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Where is the Penk family from?

You can see how Penk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Penk families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 4 Penk families living in Quebec. This was about 80% of all the recorded Penk's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Penk families in 1911.
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What did your Penk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Penk. 32% of Penk men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Penk women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penk were Clerk and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Machinist
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Penk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penk census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 474 immigration records available for the last name Penk. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 399 military records available for the last name Penk. For the veterans among your Penk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penk lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Penk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Penk in 1965 was 68, and 87 in 2004.

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