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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Penna Family Origin

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Penna Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    56%
  • House Carpenter

    11%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Wks. In Coal Mines

    11%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Penna family was Wks. In Coal Mines. Farmer, House Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penna. The most common Penna occupation in the USA was Farmer. 56% of Penna's were Farmers.

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Penna Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1948 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Penna

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