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Penfold Name Meaning

English (Sussex Surrey and Kent): from Middle English pin-fold pen-fold pun(d)-fold ‘animal pound’ applied as a topographic name for someone who lived by a pound for stray animals or most likely a metonymic occupational name for someone in charge of such a pound. Compare Pinder .

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


Similar surnames: Elford, Pafford, Benford, Enfield, Seaford, Penrod, Penfield, Pensyl

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Where is the Penfold family from?

You can see how Penfold families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penfold family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Penfold families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Penfold families living in New York. This was about 78% of all the recorded Penfold's in USA. New York had the highest population of Penfold families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Penfold surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Penfold ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Penfold. 24% of Penfold men worked as a Farmer and 36% of Penfold women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penfold were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Operator
    7%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    36%
  • Clerk
    22%
  • Operator
    15%
  • Stenographer
    15%
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Census Records

There are 81,000 census records available for the last name Penfold. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penfold 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Penfold. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Penfold. For the veterans among your Penfold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penfold lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Penfold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Penfold in 1954 was 55, and 78 in 2004.

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