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Meaning and name origin

Penny \p(en)-ny\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Penee, Pennee, Penney and Pennie.


Penny is a very popular first name for females (#271 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3218 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Penny for girls. Penny reached its highest rank of #105 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Penny and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Penelope (#42), Penny (#808) and Pennie. (2014 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 also pronounced similarly to Penna and Peony. Other suggested similar baby names are Benny, Denny, Genny, Jenny, Pen and Renny. These names tend to be less commonly used than Penny.