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Penza Family History

Penza Name Meaning

Italian (Apulia): from the medieval personal name Penzo, a short form of various Germanic compound names formed with bandwo ‘banner’, ‘standard’ (Lombard bandu).

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


Similar surnames: Benza, Senna, Pezza, Penna, Penso, Denz, Renzo, Maenza, Enz, Benda

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Where is the Penza family from?

You can see how Penza families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Penza family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Penza families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Penza family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Penza's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Penza families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Penza surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Penza ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Forelady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Penza. 13% of Penza men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Penza women worked as a Forelady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Penza were Watchman and Hand Sewer.

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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

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Labor
    13%
  • Doctor
    9%
  • Watchman
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Forelady
    20%
  • Telephone Oper
    20%
  • New Worker
    20%
  • Hand Sewer
    20%
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What Penza family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Penza. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Penza 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 535 immigration records available for the last name Penza. 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 458 military records available for the last name Penza. For the veterans among your Penza ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Penza lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Penza life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Penza in 1962 was 60, and 75 in 2004.

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