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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage English

Meaning & History

Nickname probably for a tenant whose feudal obligations included a regular payment in cash or kind (for example bread or salt) of a halfpenny. From Old English healf "half" (from proto Germanic halbaz) and penning "penny" meaning "half penny".
Added 1/17/2023 by Paradiso36
Edited 6/8/2023 by Paradiso36