Penn Name Meaning

English: habitational name from various places, for example Penn in Buckinghamshire and Staffordshire, named with the Celtic element pen ‘hill’, which was apparently adopted in Old English. English: metonymic occupational name for an impounder of stray animals, from Middle English, Old English penn ‘(sheep) pen’. English: pet form of Parnell. German: from Sorbian pien ‘tree stump’, probably a nickname for a short stocky person. Americanized form of a like-sounding Jewish surname.

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

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Penn Family Origin

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Penn Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Penn family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penn. The most common Penn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Penn's were Farmers.

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United States

Between 1942 and 2004, Penn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Penn in 1942 was 25, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Penn

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