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Penny

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Penny

"Penny" is a name of English origin, and it means "With a web over her face". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Pen"ny
Denoting the weight in pounds for one thousand; -- used in combination, with respect to nails; as, ten penny nails, nails of which one thousand weight ten pounds.

Etymology: Perh. a corruption of pun, for pound

noun Pen*ny
Senses
  1. A former English coin, originally of copper, then of bronze, the twelfth part of an English shilling in account value, and equal to four farthings, or about two cents; -- usually indicated by the abbreviation d.the initial of denarius).
  2. Any small sum or coin; a groat; a stiver.
  3. Money, in general; as, to turn an honest penny ."What penny hath Rome borne, What men provided, what munition sent?" [Shak.]
  4. [Script] See Denarius.

Note: ☞ “The chief Anglo-Saxon coin, and for a long period the only one, corresponded to the denarius of the Continent . . . [and was] called penny, denarius, or denier.” R. S. Poole. The ancient silver penny was worth about three pence sterling (see Pennyweight). The old Scotch penny was only one twelfth the value of the English coin. In the United States the word penny is popularly used for cent.

Etymology: OE. peni, AS. penig pening pending; akin to D. penning, OHG. pfenning pfenting, G. pfennig, Icel. penningr; of uncertain origin

adjective Pen"ny
Worth or costing one penny; as, penny candy.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
  2. A fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the female given name Penelope.

Penny was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Penny

Penny Marshall is an actress, director, and producer. She has been prominent since 1968. Penny was given the name Carole Penny Marshall on October 15th, 1943 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

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Penny was born on February 18th, 1989.

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Penny is a waitress, aspiring, student, pharmaceutical rep, and actor.

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Penny Pritzker is a 38th United States Secretary of Commerce. Penny was born on May 2nd, 1959 in Chicago.

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Penny Lancaster-Stewart is a model. Penny was born on March 15th, 1971 in Chelmsford, Essex, England.

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Penny Johnson Jerald is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to 1983. Penny was given the name Penny Johnson on March 14th, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Penny

Penny is a waitress, aspiring, student, pharmaceutical rep, and actor.

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Laurie Penny is a columnist, blogger, and author. Laurie was given the name Laura Barnett on September 28th, 1986 in Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom. Laurie is also known as Laura Barnett.

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Louise Penny is a mystery fiction novelist. She has been prominent since 2005. Louise was born on July 1st, 1958 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Joe Penny is an actor. Joe was given the name Joseph Edward Penny Jr. on June 24th, 1956 in London.

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Sydney Penny is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1979. Sydney was given the name Sydney Margaret Penny on August 7th, 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

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Brendan Penny is an actor. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Brendan was given the name Brendan James Penny in Ottawa.

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How popular is the baby name Penny in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 5 5 0
1888 6 6 0
1890 6 6 0
1892 6 6 0
1897 5 5 0
1898 7 7 0
1899 5 5 0
1900 5 5 0
1901 7 7 0
1904 7 7 0
1905 8 8 0
1906 5 5 0
1907 6 6 0
1908 7 7 0
1909 5 5 0
1910 7 7 0
1911 5 5 0
1912 9 9 0
1913 11 11 0
1914 13 13 0
1915 18 13 5
1916 25 20 5
1917 15 15 0
1918 27 21 6
1919 32 32 0
1920 31 26 5
1921 34 34 0
1922 30 30 0
1923 68 68 0
1924 52 52 0
1925 69 69 0
1926 52 52 0
1927 52 47 5
1928 51 51 0
1929 38 38 0
1930 30 30 0
1931 30 30 0
1932 24 24 0
1933 40 40 0
1934 51 51 0
1935 74 74 0
1936 106 100 6
1937 170 165 5
1938 239 234 5
1939 387 380 7
1940 502 493 9
1941 642 637 5
1942 1,001 992 9
1943 1,210 1,203 7
1944 1,209 1,204 5
1945 1,131 1,131 0
1946 1,658 1,646 12
1947 2,111 2,101 10
1948 1,861 1,861 0
1949 1,853 1,846 7
1950 1,756 1,751 5
1951 2,089 2,078 11
1952 2,101 2,091 10
1953 2,165 2,152 13
1954 2,144 2,136 8
1955 2,216 2,210 6
1956 2,353 2,345 8
1957 3,051 3,043 8
1958 3,571 3,558 13
1959 3,763 3,754 9
1960 4,321 4,308 13
1961 4,647 4,637 10
1962 5,027 5,001 26 #91 girl name
1963 5,140 5,126 14 #87 girl name
1964 4,412 4,396 16 #96 girl name
1965 3,909 3,898 11 #97 girl name
1966 3,118 3,110 8
1967 2,823 2,810 13
1968 2,586 2,575 11
1969 2,371 2,361 10
1970 2,158 2,145 13
1971 2,013 2,000 13
1972 1,597 1,589 8
1973 1,482 1,471 11
1974 1,181 1,174 7
1975 1,026 1,026 0
1976 869 869 0
1977 856 856 0
1978 750 750 0
1979 697 697 0
1980 554 554 0
1981 482 482 0
1982 380 380 0
1983 294 294 0
1984 279 279 0
1985 270 270 0
1986 210 210 0
1987 171 171 0
1988 152 152 0
1989 158 158 0
1990 120 120 0
1991 102 102 0
1992 91 91 0
1993 88 88 0
1994 80 80 0
1995 65 65 0
1996 62 62 0
1997 62 62 0
1998 58 58 0
1999 54 54 0
2000 53 53 0
2001 38 38 0
2002 49 49 0
2003 44 44 0
2004 53 53 0
2005 51 51 0
2006 60 60 0
2007 80 80 0
2008 89 89 0
2009 104 104 0
2010 152 152 0
2011 165 165 0
2012 232 232 0
2013 251 251 0
2014 342 342 0
2015 372 372 0
2016 416 416 0

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Popularity of Penny as a first name

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Popularity of Penny as a last name

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Common last names for Penny

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Baker
  • Lewis
  • Lee

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Penny U.S.
  White 71.89% 64.26%
  African American 21.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Penny

People with the last name Penny are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Penny

  • How Popular is the name Penny? Penny is the 649th most popular name of all time. As a last name Penny was the 3,485th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Penny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 97,533 babies born with the first name Penny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Penny to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Penny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Penny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Penny is Saturday, January 11th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Penny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Penny was in 1963 with a total of 5,126 babies. That's a lot of babies named Penny!
  • Random Penny Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Penny ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 18 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Penny: Your name in reverse order is Ynnep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nenyp. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Penny? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,249 people with the last name Penny.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Penny? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Penny as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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