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 and Genealogywise. Furthermore it has a 'Wave' on Google Wave.
Some variants of this surname are: Pennefather, Penneyfather, Pennifather and Pennyfeather.
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.
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
For further information, contact:
Mr Trevor Penfold
This page last updated 13 January 2012.
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