Penning Family History

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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 a Germanic personal name derived from a word meaning ‘ban’, ‘order’, ‘command’.

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

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

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Penning Family Origin

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Penning Family Occupations

What did your Penning ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Income Cutter and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Penning. 15% of Penning men worked as an Income Cutter and 50% of Penning women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penning were Electrician and Waitress

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Income Cutter
  • Barber
  • Clerk
  • Electrician

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Waitress

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Penning Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Penning. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penning 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 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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Draft Card

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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Penning Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Penning 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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