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Penna Name Meaning

Cornish: of uncertain origin; perhaps a habitational name from any of the places named Penare or Penarth, from Cornish pen-arth ‘promontory’, ‘headland’. Italian (mainly southern): probably a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or peak, or generally in an elevated location, penna (from Latin pinnus ‘pointed’), a common element of place names. Greek: from the Greek vocabulary word penna ‘quill’, ‘pen’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe (Greek Pennas, with the occupational suffix -as).

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

Similar surnames: Senna, Penn, Penne, Perna, Pena, Menna, Piana, Perla, Pera, Penka

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Where is the Penna family from?

You can see how Penna families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penna family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Penna families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Penna families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Penna's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Penna families in 1840.
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What did your Penna ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Penna. 22% of Penna men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Penna women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penna were Farmer and Seamstress.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Operator
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Operator
  • New Worker
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Penna. For the veterans among your Penna ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penna lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Penna life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Penna in 1948 was 62, and 81 in 2004.

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