Pennington Family History

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Pennington Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire and Cumbria): habitational name from places called Pennington, in Lancashire, Cumbria, and Hampshire. The latter two are so called from Old English pening ‘penny’ (Penny) (used as a byname or from a tribute due on the land) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The place of this name in the parish of Leigh in Lancashire is recorded in the 13th century as Pinington and Pynington, and may be from Old English Pinningtun ‘settlement (tun) associated with a man named Pinna’.

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

Similar surnames: Bennington, Kennington, Dennington, Henington, Cunnington, Pilkington

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Pennington Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pennington name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pennington. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Pennington Family Origin

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Pennington Family Occupations

What did your Pennington ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pennington. A less common occupation for the Pennington family was Farming. The most common Pennington occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Pennington's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Pennington Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 179,000 census records available for the last name Pennington. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pennington 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Pennington. 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 38,000 military records available for the last name Pennington. For the veterans among your Pennington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pennington Life Expectancy

What is the average Pennington lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Pennington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Pennington in 1942 was 25, and 73 in 2004.

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