Penney (also spelled Penny) is a common surname of British origin. The name Penney dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was derived from the Old English "Penig," denoting a coin. The penny was the only unit of coinage in England until the early 14th century, and as such was a coin of considerable value.

The name was first found in Northampton where they held a family seat from very early times; before the 12th century had become associated with London; later moved north into Scotland and west into Ireland settling mostly in the provinces of Ulster and Munster.

Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: George Penny who settled in the Barbados in 1635; Charles Penny settled in Maryland in 1775; P. Penny settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1769; the family also settled in Pennsylvania in the 18th century. In Newfoundland, Benedict Penny inherited property in Carbonear which dated back to 1699.

Spelling variations include: Penny, Penney, Pennie, Penne, Pyne, Pynne and others.

People named Penney

  • Alphonsus Liguori Penney (b. 1924) Canadian Archbishop
  • Darren Penny (b.1969), Canadian/American Freelance Minister
  • David Penney (b.1964), English Football Player/Manager
  • James Cash Penney (1875-1971), American Businessman, Founder of JC Penney
  • Kirk Penney (b.1980), New Zealand basketball player
  • Mark Penney (b.1982), Canadian Film Director
  • Roger Penney, American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
  • Stef Penney (b.1969), Scottish novelist and filmmaker
  • Steve Penney (b.1961), NHL goaltender from Canada; played with the Winnipeg Jets and the 1986 Stanley Cup Champions, the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Steve Penney (b.1964), Irish Footballer, played in the 1986 World Cup
  • Trevor Penney (b.1968), English Cricket Player/Manager
  • William George Penney (1909-1991), British Physicist, one of the participants in The Manhattan Project Scottish Novelist and filmmaker

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