Peniston Family History

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Peniston Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): habitational name from Penistone near Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The second element of the place name is Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the first is uncertain; it may be Penning, an Old English combination of Celtic penn ‘hill’ + Old English -ing ‘place characterized by or belonging to’.

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

Similar surnames: Keniston, Pinkston, Easton, Whiston, Fenton, Henton, Winston

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Peniston Family Origin

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Peniston Family Occupations

What did your Peniston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Peniston family was Book Keeper. The most common Peniston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Peniston's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Peniston.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Blacksmith

  • Book Keeper


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

Peniston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Peniston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Peniston 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 99 immigration records available for the last name Peniston. 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 Card

There are 206 military records available for the last name Peniston. For the veterans among your Peniston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Peniston Life Expectancy

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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Peniston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Peniston in 1964 was 79, and 64 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Peniston 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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