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Penning Name Meaning

English Dutch and North German: from early Middle English penning Low German penning Middle Dutch penninc ‘penny’ (see Penny ) a topographic name (from a field name) or a nickname referring to tax dues of a penny. South German: from the short form Panno of an ancient Germanic personal name derived from a word meaning ‘ban order command’. English: from a Middle English personal name Pening Pining presumably representing an unrecorded Old English name a pet form perhaps of Penda or of names like Pendhere and Pendwulf.

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

Similar surnames: Panning, Henning, Pfenning, Denning, Benning, Kenning, Wenning

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Where is the Penning family from?

You can see how Penning families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penning family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Penning families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 17 Penning families living in Quebec. This was about 46% of all the recorded Penning's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Penning families in 1911.
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What did your Penning ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Income Cutter was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Penning. 100% of Penning men worked as an Income Cutter. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Income Cutter
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Penning. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Penning. For the veterans among your Penning ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penning lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Penning life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Penning in 1961 was 56, and 75 in 2004.

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