Cornish and Welsh place name and surname
"top of the heath"

Penrose Origin and Meaning

The name Penrose is a boy's name of Welsh, Cornish origin meaning "top of the heath".

Penrose – an ancient locational surname derived from several villages in Cornwall, Wales, and the Welsh border country of England – might work as a first name, although the "Rose" syllable might lead the uninitiated to assume it's a female name. As a middle name, however, it would make for a surprising and distinguished choice. A male Penrose could be called Pen/Penn, Ross or Roe for short.

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Famous People Named Penrose

  • Norwood Penrose "Pen" HallowellUnion Army officer in the American Civil War
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Penrose in Pop Culture

  • Llewellin Penrosecharacter in "Mr. Penrose: The Journal of Penrose, Seaman" by William Williams
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