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The distinguished surname Penna originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Penna family lived in one of several places in Italy named Penna.

Penna Early Origins



The surname Penna was first found in 1189, when Alessio Penna was created Cardinal by Pope Clemente III.

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Penna Spelling Variations


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Penna Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Penna include Penna, Penni, Pa Penna, Papenna, Penne, Penella, Pennelli, Penniello, Pennacchi, Pennario, Pennarella, Pennarelli, Pennarola, Pennetta, Pennetti, Pennino, Pennini, Pennone, Pennoni, Pennacci, Pennazzi, Pennese and many more.

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Penna Early History


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Penna Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penna research. More information is included under the topic Early Penna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Penna Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Penna Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Penna, Senator of Rome in 1364; Girolamo Pennacchi, a 15th century painter from Treviso whose most famous work stands in the Brera Gallery in Milan and is entitled "Pietà." Other works can be seen in Venice and Treviso. Lucas de Penna (Luca da...

Another 134 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penna Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first North American settlers with Penna name or one of its variants:

Penna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Penna, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States from Victri, in 1892

Penna Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Penna, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States from Benevento, in 1904
  • Andrea Penna, aged 16, who emigrated to America from Amalfi Salerno, in 1905
  • Angela Penna, aged 26, who landed in America from Canelli, in 1907
  • Anna Penna, aged 12, who landed in America from Girgenti, Sicily, in 1907
  • Antonina Penna, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Talaparuta, Sicily, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Penna Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Penna arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • John Penna arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Rebecca Penna arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Sarah Penna arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • William Penna arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Penna Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Penna, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Penna (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Penna (post 1700)



  • Phil Penna (1857-1939), American labor leader, President of the United Mine Workers of America (1895-1896)
  • Toney G. Penna (1908-1995), Italian-born, American professional golfer and designer of golf clubs and gear, winner of four events on the PGA Tour between 1937 and 1947
  • Angel A. Penna Sr. (1923-1992), Argentine-born, American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred horse trainer
  • David "Dave" Penna (1958-2004), American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing who had 1,772 career wins
  • Sandro Penna (1906-1977), Italian poet
  • David Penna (b. 1972), Australian rugby league coach and former player
  • Joe Penna (b. 1987), Brazilian guitarist, animator, and filmmaker, aka MysteryGuitarMan

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    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    3. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    11. ...

    The Penna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Penna Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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