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The PENMAN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,876 14563 0.001 7
United States (1880 census) 350 12714 0.001 7
Change since 1880 +1526 -1849 0 0
Other Countries
Australia 550 2939 0.003 34
United Kingdom 3,273 1911 0.007 71
Top States for PENMAN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 245 11192 0.001 7
Utah 147 2148 0.007 66
Pennsylvania 127 12387 0.001 10
New York 116 17201 0.001 6
Ohio 115 12101 0.001 10
Top States for PENMAN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 147 2148 0.007 66
Kentucky 77 5703 0.002 19
Indiana 108 7297 0.002 18
Alaska 11 10161 0.002 18
Wyoming 7 10631 0.001 14


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called PENMAN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called PENMAN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called PENMAN in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a PENMAN by picking someone at random in Utah than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of PENMAN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the PENMAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the PENMAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of PENMAN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 254 13.54
White (Hispanic) 56 2.99
Mixed Race 29 1.55
White (Caucasian) 1,526 81.34
Asian/Pacific Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the PENMAN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of PENMAN in historical publications

PENMAN. A scribe, a " ready-writer."

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to PENMAN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PENMAN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for PENMAN

The following words are slight variants of PENMAN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.