Penland Family History

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Penland Name Meaning

Of uncertain origin. Possibly an altered form of Pentland or a habitational name from Penlan Hall, Essex or Penlan Farm in Hereford and Worcester. There are also numerous places in Wales named Penlan, notably in Dyfed, and the name may have been adopted on arrival in the U.S. by immigrants from any of these places.

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

Similar surnames: Pelland, Erland, Pentland, Ueland, Helland, Neeland, Berland, Newland

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Penland Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Penland name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Italy


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Penland Family Origin

Where is the Penland family from?

Penland Family Occupations

What did your Penland ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Penland occupation in the USA was Farmer. 63% of Penland's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Penland family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penland.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


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

Penland Historical Records

What Penland family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Penland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penland 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 555 immigration records available for the last name Penland. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Penland. For the veterans among your Penland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Penland Life Expectancy

What is the average Penland lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Penland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Penland in 1941 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Penland

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Penland 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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