Penney Family History

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Penney Name Meaning

English and Scottish: variant spelling of Penny.

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

Similar surnames: Denney, Lenney, Pennel, Pinney, Jenney, Fenney, Fenley, Penny, Penner

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Penney Family Origin

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Penney Family Occupations

What did your Penney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Penney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Penney's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Penney family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penney.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Penney ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Penney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Penney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Penney. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Penney. For the veterans among your Penney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Penney Life Expectancy

What is the average Penney lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Penney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Penney in 1950 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Penney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Penney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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