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Meaning and Origin of: Penna

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Greek : Bobbin-weaver

Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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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