Last name origins & meanings:
- Cornish: of uncertain origin; perhaps a habitational name from
any of the places named Penare or Penarth, from Cornish
pen-arth ‘promontory’, ‘headland’.
- Italian (mainly
southern): probably a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill
or peak, or generally in an elevated location, penna (from
Latin pinnus ‘pointed’), a common element of place names.
- Greek: from the Greek vocabulary word penna ‘quill’,
‘pen’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe
(Greek Pennas, with the occupational suffix -as).
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