Girl name origins & meanings
- Greek : Bobbin-weaver
Girl name variations
Family name origins & meanings
- Cornish : of uncertain origin; perhaps a habitational name from any of the places named Penare or Penarth, from Cornishpen-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).