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Penney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The earliest origins of the family name Penney date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a someone as a personal name or literally derived from the coin. It was derived from the Old English "Penig," denoting a coin. The penny was the only unit of coinage in England until the early 14th century, and as such was a coin of considerable value.

While the Saxon heritage is the generally accepted origin of this family, another source points to a possible Norman origin as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Serlo Penné in Normandy in 1180-1195. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


Early Origins of the Penney family


The surname Penney was first found in Northampton where they held a family seat from very early times, and before the 12th century had become associated with London and had moved north into Scotland.

Some of the first records of the family in Scotland include: Johannes Peny, a witness in Elgin in 1343; Mr. John Peny, a Scottish clerk, having a safe conduct in England in 1362; and a later John Peny who had a grant of the fulling mill of Ballernache in Perthshire in 1375. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Down in Lancashire, an ancient branch of the family was found. "The neat village of Penny-Bridge, so called perhaps from the British word Pen, 'the head,' was the seat of the family of Penny. The chapel, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was built and endowed by William Penny, Esq., was consecrated in 1791." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included various early spellings in many counties: Hurtin Peni in Kent; Alexander Penny in Cambridgeshire; Agatha Peni in Oxfordshire; and Robert Peni in Kent. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Kirby's Quest listed Johanne Peny in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.

"In the reign of Anne, John Penny, Esq., lived at Charlton Musgrove, and at the same time a burgess of Glastonbury bore this name." [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


Early History of the Penney family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penney research.
Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1433, 1487, 1486, 1487, 1500, 1529, 1683, 1574, 1520, 1477, 1496, 1589, 1296 and are included under the topic Early Penney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Penney Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Penney include Penny, Penney, Pennie, Penne and others.

Early Notables of the Penney family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include John Penny (d. 1520), English Bishop of Carlisle. He was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford, and at some unknown time became LL.D. of Cambridge. In 1477 he was a canon at the abbey...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Penney family to Ireland


Some of the Penney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Penney family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Penney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joane Penney, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Penney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Penney, who landed in America in 1804 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Joseph E Penney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Frank Penney, who landed in Iowa in 1876 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Penney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Penney, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1902
  • Idalie C. Penney, aged 28, who landed in America from Darlington, in 1903
  • Charles A. Penney, aged 40, who settled in America from Darlington, in 1903
  • Alf. Penney, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Kedderminster, in 1903
  • Annie Penney, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Woolston, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Penney Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Fred Penney, aged 22, who settled in Harbour Main, Newfoundland, in 1915
  • Bertha M. Penney, aged 50, who emigrated to Sydney, Canada, in 1916
  • Freda Penney, aged 4, who emigrated to Sydney, Canada, in 1916
  • Grace Penney, aged 32, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1919
  • Henry Penney, aged 42, who emigrated to Carbonear, Newfoundland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Penney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Alfred Penney, (b. 1862), aged 12, Cornish settler departing on 22nd July 1874 aboard the ship "Chile" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th October 1874 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mr. James Penney, (b. 1865), aged 9, Cornish settler departing on 22nd July 1874 aboard the ship "Chile" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th October 1874 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Miss Louie Penney, (b. 1874), aged 6 months, Cornish settler departing on 22nd July 1874 aboard the ship "Chile" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th October 1874 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mr. James Penney, (b. 1837), aged 37, Cornish miner departing on 22nd July 1874 aboard the ship "Chile" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th October 1874 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mr. Charles Penney, (b. 1851), aged 23, Cornish miner departing on 22nd July 1874 aboard the ship "Chile" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th October 1874 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Penney (post 1700)


  • Roger Penney, American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
  • James Cash Penney (1875-1971), American Businessman, Founder of JC Penney
  • Trevor Penney (b. 1968), English Cricket Player/Manager
  • David Penney (b. 1964), English Football Player/Manager
  • William Penney (1801-1872), Lord Kinloch, Scottish judge from Glasgow
  • Archbishop Alphonsus Liguori Penney (1924-2017), Newfoundland-born, Canadian Roman Catholic priest, Archbishop of St. John's from 1979-1991
  • William George Penney (1909-1991), British Physicist, one of the participants in The Manhattan Project
  • Steve Penney (b. 1961), Canadian NHL goaltender
  • Steve Penney (b. 1964), Irish Footballer, played in the 1986 World Cup
  • Stef Penney (b. 1969), Scottish novelist and filmmaker
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf

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