Penniston Family History

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Penniston Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): variant spelling of Peniston.

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

Similar surnames: Kenniston, Peniston, Tennison, Kennison, Benison, Pennison, Bennison

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Penniston Family Origin

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Penniston Family Occupations

What did your Penniston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Penniston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 57% of Penniston's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Penniston family was Confectioner. Farmer, Laborer and Painter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penniston.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Painter

  • Confectioner


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

Penniston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Penniston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penniston 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 201 immigration records available for the last name Penniston. 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 406 military records available for the last name Penniston. For the veterans among your Penniston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Penniston Life Expectancy

What is the average Penniston lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Penniston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Penniston in 1955 was 66, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Penniston

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Penniston 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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