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What does Penn mean?

Penn Pronunciation of Penn [penn] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Penn is "enclosure; hill". Probably an occupational name referring to a person who lived or worked around a sheep pen. American use is due to admiration for the Quaker leader William Penn (18th century). The son of an influential English family, he forsook the comforts of a genteelity to found Pennsylvania (in Latin, "Penn's woods"), a haven of true religious tolerance.

Associated with: old english, hill (mountain), leader, 18th century, woods (tree), true (pure).


Penn has 1 variant: Pen.

Creative forms:
(male) Pann, Pionn, ..

(female) Pena, Penne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Penn Nehemias (P.N.), ..

How popular is Penn?

Penn is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1765 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Penn entered the list in 2014 and reached its peak rank of #1861 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Penn is pronounced similarly to Pain, Paine and Payne. Other suggested similar names are Benn, Brenn, Conn, Dann, Deonn, Donn, Dunn, Eann, Fenn, Finn, Fynn, Glenn, Gunn, Jonn, Kenn, Lenn, Linn, Lonn, Lunn, Lynn, Mann, Peak, Peal, Peel, Peer, Pell, Penly, Pepe, Per, Perl, Pete, Petr, Pink, Pino, Pons, Ronn, Seann, Vann, Vonn, Winn, Wynn, Yann and Zann. These names tend to be more frequently used than Penn.

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