Last name: PENN

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PENN : This last name is indexed 148,056 times on Geneanet!

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PENN : 1: English: habitational name from either of two places called Penn (in Buckinghamshire and Staffordshire) both of which are named with Brittonic penn ‘head’ often used in hill-names.2: English: topographic name or metonymic occupational name from Middle English pen(n) ‘enclosure animal pen fold’ (Old English penn) for someone who lived by or worked at a fold. Examples of this surname are formally difficult to distinguish from those in 1 above.3: English: from a pet form of the female personal name Pernel see Parnell.4: English: variant of Pinn.5: Cornish: shortened form of Penna.6: South German: unexplained.7: Germanized form of Sorbian P'eń: from Lower Sorbian p'eń ‘tree stump trunk’ probably a nickname for a short stocky person.8: Breton (mainly Finistère; also Le Penn): variant of Pen and in North America (also) an altered form of this.9: Americanized form of some similar (like-sounding) Jewish surname.10: In some cases probably also an Americanized form of Slovenian Pen.11: Americanized form of the Chinese surname 彭 see Peng 1.

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