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What does Penny mean?

Penny /pen-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.

Associated with: greek, 20th century (modern)


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

Penny has 3 more related forms via Penelope: Pen, Penina and Penna.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Pany, Perny, ..

(male) Penne, Penry, ..

How popular is Penny?

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 (#3410 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Penny for girls. Penny reached its apex rank of #104 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #808 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Penny name in U.S.

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

Popular varying forms of Penny (#808 the previous year) ranked in the Top 2000 are Penelope (#42 the previous year), Penney and Pennie. These relations of Penny were at the height of their popularity in 2014 (adoption of 0.5%), except for the form Penny which have become somewhat outmoded. Penelope is more universally found than the rest.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Penny, Penelope, Penney, Pennie in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Penny is alike in pronunciation to Pania, Paniya, Panya and Peony. Other suggested similar names are Anny, Benny, Berny, Binny, Bonny, Bunny, Cinny, Conny, Danny, Denny, Dinny, Donny, Fanny, Genny, Ginny, Gwenny, Hanny, Janny, Jenny, Jinny, Konny, Lanny, Minny, Nanny, Pansy, Peggy, Peppy, Perry, Renny, Ronny, Sanny, Sinny, Sunny, Vinny and Winny. These names tend to be less frequently used than Penny.