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About the study

A 'One Name' study into the surname Pennyfather and associated variants.
The study has an email list, a DNA project and is represented with a group on Facebook.

Variant names

Some variants of this surname are: Pennefather, Penneyfather, Pennifather and Pennyfeather.

Name origin

The meaning of the name is: 'penny-father', a miser, pinch-pennie, scrape-good and niggard.

An old couplet says:

The liberal doth spend his pelfe,
The pennyfather wastes himself.

Name frequency

The appearances of the variants in the 1881 census for England and Wales are:

Pennyfather = 87
Pennefather = 35
Pennyfeather = 17
Pennifather = 13
Pennefether = 2
Pennyferther = 1
Pennyfether = 1
Penniefother = 1


The Pennyfather One Name Study website contains the following:
a) family trees of researchers
b) complete transcription of the births, marriages and deaths index for England and Wales from 1837-2005
c) parish records