What does Penny mean?
Penny /pen-ny/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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)
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. in the 1960s, and is at #808 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5203%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.3833%, ▼26.3%), 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. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Penny and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)