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Penninger Name Meaning

Dutch: from an agent derivative of Penning 1. German: habitational name from any of several places called Penning. Altered spelling of German Pfenninger.

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


Similar surnames: Henninger, Benninger, Pfenninger, Pensinger, Wenninger, Menninger

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Where is the Penninger family from?

You can see how Penninger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penninger family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Penninger families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 9 Penninger families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 90% of all the recorded Penninger's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Penninger families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Penninger surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Penninger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Penninger. 25% of Penninger men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Penninger women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penninger were Operator and Attendant.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    25%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Weaver
    7%
  • Operator
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    25%
  • Bookkeeper
    13%
  • Weaver
    13%
  • Attendant
    13%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Penninger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penninger census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 178 immigration records available for the last name Penninger. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Penninger lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Penninger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Penninger in 1957 was 73, and 69 in 2004.

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