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Penso Name Meaning

Italian: possibly from a short form of a personal name such as Pensabene; otherwise a variant of Penzo (see Penza). Portuguese: habitational name from any of several places of this name.

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


Similar surnames: Vento, Pero, Pino, Sens, Benson, Petro, Penna, Pensyl, Perro, Penza

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Where is the Penso family from?

You can see how Penso families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penso family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Penso families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Penso families living in New York. This was about 73% of all the recorded Penso's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Penso families in 1880.
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What did your Penso ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Clerk and Cashier were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Penso. 45% of Penso men worked as a Clerk and 50% of Penso women worked as a Cashier. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penso were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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

  • Clerk
    45%
  • Laborer
    34%
  • Salesman
    23%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cashier
    50%
  • Stenographer
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Penso. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penso census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Penso. 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 Cards

There are 149 military records available for the last name Penso. For the veterans among your Penso ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penso lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Penso life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Penso in 1961 was 61, and 76 in 2004.

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