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Penfield Family History

Penfield Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Kent called Penfield.

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


Similar surnames: Kenfield, Enfield, Penfold, Winfield, Belfield, Bonfield, Padfield

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Where is the Penfield family from?

You can see how Penfield families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penfield family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Penfield families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Penfield families living in Connecticut. This was about 35% of all the recorded Penfield's in USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Penfield families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Penfield surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Penfield ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Penfield. 19% of Penfield men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Penfield women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penfield were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    16%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Seamstress
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Penfield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penfield 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Penfield. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Penfield. For the veterans among your Penfield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penfield lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Penfield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Penfield in 1950 was 47, and 84 in 2004.

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