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Penka Name Meaning

Czech (Moravian; Pěnka): nickname from pěnka a Moravian dialect form of the Czech vocabulary word pěnkava ‘finch’. This surname is also found in Germany.

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

Similar surnames: Penk, Penna, Tena, Peska, Pelka, Pera, Perna, Penso, Belka, Panza

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Where is the Penka family from?

You can see how Penka families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penka family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Penka families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Penka families living in Kansas. This was about 55% of all the recorded Penka's in USA. Kansas had the highest population of Penka families in 1880.
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What did your Penka ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Penka. 60% of Penka men worked as a Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farm Hand
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Penka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penka 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 158 immigration records available for the last name Penka. 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 329 military records available for the last name Penka. For the veterans among your Penka ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penka lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Penka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Penka in 1955 was 61, and 76 in 2004.

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