Penfield comes from an English surname, a variant of pinfold which refers to an open enclosure for stray animals if their owners couldn’t properly supervise them during common grazing. It’s both a locational name for someone who lived close to one, or who came from a place called Penfield, or as an occupational name for someone who worked at a pinfold. It’s made up of Old English elements pund (enclosure) and fold (pen or enclosure for sheep or other domestic animals).
Meaning: “an open enclosure for stray animals whose owners didn’t supervise them properly during common grazing”
Nicknames: Pen, Field