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Penna Name Meaning

Cornish: perhaps a hypocoristic form (with the Cornish suffix -ow) of a name in Pen- such as Pentec ‘fair head’ (Cornish pen ‘head’ + tec ‘fine fair’) or a similarly formed Cornish hypocoristic form of the Middle English female personal name Penne a short form of Pernel (Penn ). Italian (mainly southern): probably a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or peak or generally in an elevated location penna (from Latin pinnus ‘pointed’) a common element of placenames. Compare La Penna . Possibly also an American shortened form of Greek Pennas: from the vocabulary word penna ‘quill pen’ + occupational suffix -as hence a metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe. This is also the Greek feminine form of the surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Senna, Penn, Penne, Perna, Pena, Menna, Piana, Perla, Pera, Penka

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Where is the Penna family from?

You can see how Penna families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penna family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Penna families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 17 Penna families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 28% of all the recorded Penna's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Penna families in 1911.
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What did your Penna ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Penna. 70% of Penna men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Penna women worked as a Student. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Penna. For the veterans among your Penna ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penna lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Penna life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Penna in 1948 was 62, and 81 in 2004.

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