Pen Name Meaning

English: variant of Penn. Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a clerk or penman, from Dutch pen ‘pen’. Cambodian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Penn, Pan, Pin, Pee, Ren, Oen, Men, Ken, Jen, Len

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Pen Family Origin

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Pen Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Farm Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pen. The most common Pen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Pen's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Pen family was Works In Field.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Works In Field


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Pen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Pen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pen 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

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Pen. For the veterans among your Pen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pen Life Expectancy

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Between 1975 and 2003, in the United States, Pen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Pen in 1975 was 58, and 75 in 2003.

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