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Recorded in the spellings of Penny, Penney and Pinney, this is a medieval English nickname surname. It derives from the pre 7th century word "penig", the Middle English "peni", meaning a penny. The penny was the common unit of value when money was still an unusual phenomenon, and by no means denoted a coin of little value, as it does today. It was the only unit of coinage in England until the early 14th century when the groat and the gold noble were introduced. The penny was a silver coin of considerable value, and the nickname may therefore have denoted a person of some substance.

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David Hardy

My grandfather was John James Penney. He, his wife, and two of his children emigrated from Belfast Northern Ireland in the early years of the 20th century. Unforunately, his daughter, Jennie Penney died of scarlet fever and was buried on Grosse Isle. They then took up residence in Montreal where my mother and her brother were born.


Charles Stuart Penney b 1812 Antrim d 1885 Glasgow

Selah Kathryn Penney Dyer

My father's name was Ralph Penney. We grew up in Lockesburg Arkansas


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