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Meaning and Name Origin

Penny \p(en)-ny\ as a girls' name is pronounced PEN-nee. It is of English origin. Short form of Penelope (Greek) "weaver" also used as an independent name mostly in the 20th century.


Penny has 4 variants: Penee, Pennee, Penney and Pennie.

Penny has 5 more related forms via Penelope: Pen, Penelopa, Penina, Penna and Pennelope.


Penny is a very prominent first name for females (#271 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#3218 out of 88799, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Penny for girls. Penny was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #105 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #808 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Penny name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Penny outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Penny and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Penny (#808 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Penelope (#42 the previous year) and Pennie. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 and are now much less widespread, with the forms Pennie and Penny becoming less stylish. Penelope (#42) is the most fashionable birth name in this compilation, with this name undergoing a rebound in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Penelope, Pennie, Penny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Penelope outside U.S.

Similar Names

Penny is alike in pronunciation to Peony. Other suggested similar baby names are Benny, Denny, Genny, Jenny and Renny. These names tend to be less frequently used than Penny.