Penner Family History

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Penner Name Meaning

English: occupational name, a variant of Penn 1, with the agent suffix -er. North German (including Lower Rhineland): variant of Pfänner, from Pfann ‘pan’; according to Bahlow, a name denoting the owner of a salt-boiling pan. German: habitational name from Penna near Leipzig. Eastern German: in some cases a topographic name (of Salzburg emigrants) in East Prussia, equivalent of Baintner, Paintner (see Bainter), from Middle High German biunte ‘separate part of land or enclosure belonging to a village’.

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

Similar surnames: Pinner, Venner, Benner, Denner, Kenner, Fenner, Spenner, Henner

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Penner Family Origin

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Penner Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Farmer; Son

  • Fisherman


In 1881, the most common Penner occupation in Canada was Farmer. 51% of Penner's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Penner family was Fisherman. Farmer, Going To School and Farmer; Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penner.

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