What does penman mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scribe, scribbler, penmannoun

    informal terms for journalists


  1. penmannoun

    A scribe, or person who copies texts

  2. penmannoun

    A journalist or other author

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Penmannoun

    Etymology: pen and man.

    The four evangelists, within fifty years after our Saviour’s death, consigned to writing that history, which had been published only by the apostles and disciples: the further consideration of these holy penmen will fall under another part of this discourse. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.

    The descriptions which the evangelists give, shew that both our blessed Lord and the holy penmen of his story were deeply affected. Francis Atterbury.


  1. Penman

    Penman is a surname. From the Surnames of Scotland by George F.Black Of local origin from a small place of the name formally in Roxburghshire or Selkirkshire. Chalmers (ii p.971) records a Penmanscore formally near Minchmoor, and there is a Penmanshiel in Berwickshire, near Cockburnspath. Penman, for Old British Penmaen, is rendered 'head of (the) stone' (Watson i, p354). A pavement was made to Jhon Peneman in 1606 (RRM., i p.17), Andrew Penman is recorded in Edmistoun, parish of Biggar in 1638 (Lanark), Andrew Penman in Melrose in 1662 (RRM., i p5), and Janet Penman in Lauder, 1654 (Lauder). The Reverend Gideon Penman, 'sometime a minister,' was accused in 1678 of being chaplain to the Devil (RPC,. 3, ser.v. p.494). William Penman was a writer in Edinburgh in 1672 (Edinb. Marr), and John Penman is recorded in Winding-toun-rigg in 1688 (Peebles CR). The names of Agnes Pennane and Issobell Pennane, tenents on the lands of the Abbey of Kelso, 1567 (Kelso, p. 536) are probably but another spelling.


  1. penman

    A penman is a person who is skilled in the art of handwriting or calligraphy, or someone who writes or composes literary works. This term can be used synonymously with writer, author or scribe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penmannoun

    one who uses the pen; a writer; esp., one skilled in the use of the pen; a calligrapher; a writing master

  2. Penmannoun

    an author; a composer

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Penman

    pen′man, n. a man skilled in the use of the pen: an author:—pl. Pen′men.—n. Pen′manship, the use of the pen: art or manner of writing.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Penman is ranked #14787 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Penman surname appeared 2,007 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Penman.

    78.7% or 1,581 total occurrences were White.
    13.7% or 275 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 80 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 50 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for penman »

  1. pan men

  2. nepman

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penman in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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