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The PENN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 18,601 1765 0.007 69
United States (1880 census) 4,846 1287 0.010 97
Change since 1880 +13755 -478 -0.003 -28
Other Countries
Australia 584 2781 0.004 36
United Kingdom 3,791 1643 0.008 83
Top States for PENN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,479 2191 0.004 44
Texas 1,228 2004 0.006 59
Virginia 1,213 741 0.017 171
Ohio 1,095 1251 0.010 96
Florida 1,024 2047 0.006 64
Top States for PENN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Washington DC 119 518 0.021 208
Virginia 1,213 741 0.017 171
Maryland 752 801 0.014 142
Arkansas 373 984 0.014 140
Alabama 569 1314 0.013 128


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

Classification and Origin of PENN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the PENN 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 PENN 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 PENN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 560 3.01
Mixed Race 415 2.23
Asian/Pacific 229 1.23
Native American/Alaskan 216 1.16
White (Caucasian) 10,009 53.81
Black/African American 7,173 38.56

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

Meaning of PENN in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of PENN.

Similar names to PENN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PENN.

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 PENN

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