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Penn Family History

Penn Name Meaning
English: habitational name from various places, for example Penn in Buckinghamshire and Staffordshire, named with the Celtic element pen ‘hill’, which was apparently adopted in Old English.English: metonymic occupational name for an impounder of stray animals, from Middle English, Old English penn ‘(sheep) pen’.English: pet form of Parnell.German: from Sorbian pien ‘tree stump’, probably a nickname for a short stocky person.Americanized form of a like-sounding Jewish surname.

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

915,254 Historical Documents with Penn on Ancestry
182,636 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
37,556 Military Records
10,868 Immigration Records
134,921 Census and Voter Lists
549,273 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Penn Families

  • Number of Penn families
     271 - 539
     91 - 270
     1 - 90
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Penn families
     10 - 18
     4 - 9
     1 - 3
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Penn Family Origin

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Penn Emigration Information (US)

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Penn Family Occupations

from 1881 UK Census Data

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Military Service by Penn

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