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Penner Name Meaning

English: occupational name, a variant of Penn 1, with the agent suffix -er. North German (including Lower Rhineland): variant of Pfänner, from Pfann ‘pan’; according to Bahlow, a name denoting the owner of a salt-boiling pan. German: habitational name from Penna near Leipzig. Eastern German: in some cases a topographic name (of Salzburg emigrants) in East Prussia, equivalent of Baintner, Paintner (see Bainter), from Middle High German biunte ‘separate part of land or enclosure belonging to a village’.

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


Similar surnames: Pinner, Venner, Benner, Denner, Kenner, Fenner, Spenner, Henner

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Where is the Penner family from?

You can see how Penner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Penner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 7 Penner families living in New York. This was about 28% of all the recorded Penner's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Penner families in 1840.
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What did your Penner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Penner. 29% of Penner men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Penner women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penner were Carpenter and Housework.

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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

  • Farmer
    29%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Penner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penner census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Penner. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Penner lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Penner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Penner in 1945 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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