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What does Penny mean?

Penny Pronunciation of Penny 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 Pe-, -ny, greek, 20th century (modern)


VARIANTS Penee, Pennee, Penney, Pennie


(female) Pany, ..

(male) Penne, ..

Penny Caitlyn (P.C.), ..

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)

Penny reached its apex rank of #104 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #754 presently. (2015 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Penny (#754 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) ranked in the Top 2000 are Penelope (#34), Penney and Pennie. These relations of Penny were at the height of their popularity in 2015 (ADOPTION OF 0.5%), except for the form Penny which has 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, Penna and Peony. Other suggested similar-sounding 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, Pen, Penina, Peppy, Perry, Renny, Ronny, Sanny, Sinny, Sunny, Vinny and Winny. These names tend to be less frequently used than Penny.