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Pennell Name Meaning

English (especially southeastern):: metronym from the Middle English female personal name Pennel (an assimilated form of Parnell ). habitational name from Penn Hall in Pensax (Worcestershire) or from either of two places called Penhill in Devon and Yorkshire or possibly from Pendle in Lancashire. All of the placenames probably derive from British penn ‘head’ + Old English hyll ‘hill’.

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

Similar surnames: Pennel, Pannell, Pernell, Penwell, Pendell, Purnell, Parnell, Pownell

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Where is the Pennell family from?

You can see how Pennell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pennell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pennell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 30 Pennell families living in Maine. This was about 27% of all the recorded Pennell's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Pennell families in 1840.
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What did your Pennell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pennell. 17% of Pennell men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Pennell women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pennell were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Pennell. 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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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Pennell. For the veterans among your Pennell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pennell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pennell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Pennell in 1944 was 62, and 77 in 2004.

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