Hi Barry, as it happens one of my brothers is called Barry Penning !!
My knowledge of the Pennings is little. I read somewhere we left East Friezeland in either Holland or Germany at the time in 1206 and landed in the UK at Lincolnshire. The family at the time were BrewMasters and brought good old brewing techniques to the British Isles. The last pub we had was in Soffolk I beleiev called the Old British Gentlemen in Saffron Walden where one of my Great Great Aunts was illigitimately concieved by the local Lord somebody !! (According to my great Aunt who died at 96 years old) We wen ton to become coal miners in Wigan at the turn of the 1900s and went back into the pub trade recently !! My sister has two pubs in Stalybridge Cheshire in the town centre. Liquid bar near the railway station and Sharkeys Bar also nearby.
I work and live in Amsterdam where there are quite a few Pennings even though it is still mainly a Friezeland name. Half of my family emigrated to New Zealand in the 1960s and are still there.
We were born in manchester I have six sisters and two brothers togther we have quite some children but only three lads called Penning and two girls called Salka and Sunnefa Penning, they are my daughters who live in Iceland their mother is Icelandic and there they usually keep their names whent hey get married. I also have two sons Thomas and Quinn born here in Holland, their mother is Dutch.
Hope this helps, please keep in touch very interesting.