Penna Family History

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Penna Name Meaning

Cornish: of uncertain origin; perhaps a habitational name from any of the places named Penare or Penarth, from Cornish pen-arth ‘promontory’, ‘headland’. 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 place names. Greek: from the Greek vocabulary word penna ‘quill’, ‘pen’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe (Greek Pennas, with the occupational suffix -as).

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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Penna Family Origin

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Penna Family Occupations

What did your Penna ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Penna family was Meth. Clergy. Farmer, Farmer Son and Lab were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penna. The most common Penna occupation in Canada was Farmer. 25% of Penna's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • Lab

  • Meth. Clergy


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Penna ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Penna Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Penna. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penna census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Penna. 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 Card

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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Penna Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Penna ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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