Penn Family History
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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