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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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Where is the Pennington family from?

You can see how Pennington families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pennington family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pennington families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Pennington families living in Kentucky. This was about 11% of all the recorded Pennington's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Pennington families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pennington surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pennington ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pennington. 18% of Pennington men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Pennington women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pennington were Farming 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
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housework
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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