Penner Family History

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Penner Name Meaning

English: occupational name, a variant of Penn 1, with the agent suffix -er. North German (including Lower Rhineland): variant of Pfänner, from Pfann ‘pan’; according to Bahlow, a name denoting the owner of a salt-boiling pan. German: habitational name from Penna near Leipzig. Eastern German: in some cases a topographic name (of Salzburg emigrants) in East Prussia, equivalent of Baintner, Paintner (see Bainter), from Middle High German biunte ‘separate part of land or enclosure belonging to a village’.

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

Similar surnames: Pinner, Venner, Benner, Denner, Kenner, Fenner, Spenner, Henner

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Penner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Penner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Penner. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Penner Family Origin

Where is the Penner family from?

Penner Family Occupations

What did your Penner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Penner family was Independant. The most common Penner occupation in the UK was Dairyman. 22% of Penner's were Dairymans. Dairyman, Carman and General Dealer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penner.

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  • Dairyman

  • Carman

  • General Dealer

  • Independant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Penner ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Penner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Penner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penner 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Penner. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Penner. For the veterans among your Penner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Penner Life Expectancy

What is the average Penner lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Penner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Penner in 1945 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Penner 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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