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  • Alice Penny (c.1536 - d.)
  • Ann Wood (c.1797 - d.)
    Sue Mackay added a file for Charles WOOD to the extra information on 1820 settlers at eggsa His wife was Ann PENNY, and if I [Sue Mackay] have the right baptism for her then she was the younger sis...
  • Charles Penny, Snr. SV/PROG (1786 - 1870)
    NAAIRS KAB MOOC VOLUME_NO 6/9/132 REFERENCE 6261 DESCRIPTION PENNY, CHMER (Incorrect - Reads Charles Penny the Elder). DEATH NOTICE. STARTING 18700000 ENDING 18700000 Death Notice (Image 1436) signed b...
  • Cicely Chapin (Penny) (c.1601 - 1683)
    The Chapin family in America Samuel and Cicely (Penny) Chapin Samuel CHAPIN - bap. Oct. 8, 1598, Church of St. John the Baptist, Paignton, Devonshire, England.; d. Nov. 11, 1675, Springfield, Hampd...
  • Edward Edward Penny (c.1720 - bef.1782)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A203500    Birth: 1726 Norfolk Norfolk City Virginia, USA Death: Jun. 20, 1779 Johnston County North Carolina, USA James was th...

About the Penny surname

English (also present in Ireland): from Middle English peni, peny ‘penny’, applied as a nickname, possibly for a person of some substance or for a tenant who paid a rent of one penny. This was the common Germanic unit of value when money was still an unusual phenomenon. It was the only unit of coinage in England until the early 14th century, when the groat and the gold noble were introduced, and was a silver coin of considerable value. There is some evidence that the word was used in Old English times as a byname.

According to a grandfather, Rommie Penny, the family was to have originated in Scotland. And according to "Scottish Kith and Kin" the Penny name is a sept of the Morray clan. I have also heard that the name has ties to a line of English nobility.

So, there you have it!