Penrose Family History

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Penrose Name Meaning

Cornish and Welsh: habitational name from any of the places called Penrose, in ten parishes of Cornwall, several in Wales, and in Herefordshire near the Welsh border. All are named with Celtic pen ‘head’, ‘top’, ‘end’ + ros ‘heath’, ‘moor’.

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

Similar surnames: Melrose, Pedrosa, Pembroke, Primrose, Pense, Perron, Penrod, Penne

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Penrose Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Penrose name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Native American—North, Central, South


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Penrose Family Origin

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Penrose Family Occupations

What did your Penrose ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Penrose family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Penrose. The most common Penrose occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Penrose's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Miner

  • Laborer


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

Penrose Historical Records

What Penrose family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Penrose. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penrosecensus 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Penrose. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Penrose. For the veterans among your Penrose ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Penrose Life Expectancy

What is the average Penrose lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Penrose life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Penrose in 1943 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Penrose

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Penrose 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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