Why You Never Learned Penny's Last Name On The Big Bang Theory

  • If you're a big fan of The Big Bang Theory, perhaps you can answer this simple question for us: What exactly is Penny's last name? Well?
    We imagine you're totally stumped right now. That's because unlike the other main characters Penny doesn't actually have a last name… At least, not a last name that we ever heard on the show.
    Sure, she became Penny Hofstadter after she married Leonard … but her maiden name still remains a big mystery, even after the season finale aired in May 2019. Many of us waited and waited, but we never got the big reveal. And it's entirely likely that we never will.
    This omission evidently wasn't an oversight at least, not through the entire run of the show. As it turns out, the creative minds behind the show made an executive decision to leave Penny's surname an unsolved mystery, evidently unaware that this is exactly the kind of thing that keeps us awake at night.
    Chuck Lorre, the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, once hinted that Penny's last name might be Barrington. But if that's true, it was certainly never mentioned on the program or anywhere else, for that matter so he may have been trolling his fans.
    As executive producer Steven Molaro explained during a March 2019 WonderCon panel,
    "[Eventually] we got nervous and superstitious about giving her [a last name]. It will always be [her married name] Hofstadter."
    He said something similar to Vulture in 2013:
    "What name could we possibly pick that would be satisfying at this point? You know, I don’t think we will [reveal it]. We’re kind of a superstitious lot here. We’ve made it this far without knowing Penny’s last name. I think we’re good not finding out." Keep watching the video to see why you never learned Penny's last name on The Big Bang Theory!
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Comments • 80

  • Looper
    Looper  2 months ago +61

    Who was your favorite character on Big Bang Theory?

  • The George channel
    The George channel 17 days ago

    I wish they reveal her last name is but it doesn't matter it is just a name

  • JustaCatLover
    JustaCatLover 25 days ago

    Supposedly she did have a last name! I missed it! It's supposedly heard in one of the shows where Penny & Leonard got married! Any one ever heard about this?

  • Annisa Hasan
    Annisa Hasan Month ago

    It would be a good idea for the last episode for penny to have her last name as Hennesy in memory of her on screen father in 8 simple rules. She could talk about moving out of their family home to live with the guys on big bang theory and talking about her father.

  • Brujx 4U
    Brujx 4U Month ago


  • Ashley Churchill
    Ashley Churchill Month ago

    “Katie” was a music VJ in Canada years ago. Her personality is so far from the character’s, that it was funny to watch.

  • Sıla Buse Güler
    Sıla Buse Güler Month ago

    I waited someome to answer my question for all my life lol UNIVERSR HEARS ME FINALLY

  • Greg Jay
    Greg Jay Month ago

    Yeah puddle mudd blurry nickelback too bad

  • Greg Jay
    Greg Jay Month ago

    Puddle mudd blurry tune loud crowed pass the strobes egdf

  • Greg Jay
    Greg Jay Month ago

    Linkinpark crawling in skin

  • Greg Jay
    Greg Jay Month ago

    Linkinpark divide

  • Greg Jay
    Greg Jay Month ago

    Linkinpark one more light in the end

  • Forbiddenangel989
    Forbiddenangel989 Month ago

    I always thought her last name was "Valentine"

  • Gary Wolkowitz
    Gary Wolkowitz Month ago

    I won't live or die w/out knowing her last name. Jokingly or not, you guys made more out of it than anything. Though I would love to know it, if they want to keep it low key. I'm good w/that

  • James L
    James L Month ago

    Penny Cooper?

  • Dror Klein
    Dror Klein Month ago

    For me it has always been “Penny Lane”.

  • Sarah Star
    Sarah Star Month ago

    Oh Ok 👌 I wondered why Penny's last name wasn't in the Big Bang Theory. And I think 🤔 it's hart. But not spelled for a heart ❤️emoji on iPhones and iPads.

  • Benji C
    Benji C Month ago +2

    What’s obama’s last name?

  • Hobbit
    Hobbit Month ago


  • Zachary Yan
    Zachary Yan Month ago +1

    Theory: she’s Indonesian, there are no last names in traditional Indonesian society

  • hopik 512
    hopik 512 Month ago

    I never noticed that. Untli now... FU!

  • Djorz
    Djorz Month ago

    Her name is Penelope ✊🏻 P. ✊🏻 Penny ✊🏻!

  • Thirst Fast
    Thirst Fast Month ago

    Her last name is Gadget. She's Inspector's niece all grow'd up.

  • Thirst Fast
    Thirst Fast Month ago

    Being concerned enough about Penny's last name to make a 4min video is pretty much the definition of superfluous.

  • Athrun Zala
    Athrun Zala Month ago

    It's Cosmo :)

  • James Hartsfield
    James Hartsfield Month ago

    I always thought that it would have been funny if her last name was Shatner and her father the brother or first cousin of William of Star Trek fame.Sheldon would have lost it.

  • ryan rossisgod
    ryan rossisgod Month ago

    Penny sherboski

  • Darson Briggs
    Darson Briggs Month ago

    Probably because it’s Palpatine or something

  • With a Critical Eye

    I always just called her penny whoremonger

  • TheReelgrrl
    TheReelgrrl Month ago


  • Major Brightwell
    Major Brightwell Month ago

    This isn't game of thrones.. Who cares what her last name is?

  • timothyfloogle
    timothyfloogle Month ago


  • timothyfloogle
    timothyfloogle Month ago


  • Andrea Fiorentini
    Andrea Fiorentini Month ago

    Ma che cazzo ce ne frega?
    Assolutamente niente!

  • forbiddencrisis
    forbiddencrisis Month ago

    It doesn't matter. Why can't people enjoy the show for what it is?

  • Bastian Heinrich
    Bastian Heinrich Month ago


  • Village Blunder
    Village Blunder Month ago +24

    Ask Sheldon. He knows. He filled out her hospital form.

    • James L
      James L Month ago +1

      Sheldon cooper

  • Randomizer
    Randomizer Month ago +10

    She was married to Zack, so her second name would be Johnson.

    • Dusk Kitten
      Dusk Kitten Month ago +1

      They're talking about her maiden name

  • Travis Smith
    Travis Smith Month ago +1

    Of course you never learn her maiden name, at no time in the show was she a maiden

  • Carson
    Carson Month ago

    Garbage ass show

  • Megan Reilly
    Megan Reilly Month ago

    I'm ho estly really surprised penny let lenord date her with out the classic question of "what my last name?"

  • Libertarian Exodus
    Libertarian Exodus Month ago

    Her last name is Hitler

  • FrogZ
    FrogZ Month ago


  • Gary Cameron
    Gary Cameron Month ago

    Not knowing Penny's last name is simply one of the running gags like the elevator not working or the knock knock jokes

  • Dale Martin
    Dale Martin Month ago

    Fez, now Penny. Who's next?

  • Anxo Fernandez
    Anxo Fernandez Month ago +1

    I remember once Penny came back from an audition and she didn't get the part because she was too Midwestern, which she didn't understand. Sheldon explained there was a lot of people with German and Scandinavian origins there and that meant a specific type of features were common or something like that. This would indicate that Penny most likely would have such origins and therefore she would probably have a German or Scandinavian name. It could not be a funny one because she wasn't picked on as a kid. Jensen, Scmidt or something simple like that would be the most obvious options.

  • jon gibson
    jon gibson Month ago

    Somone ask Sheldon, everyone knows he cant keep a secret!! 👍😮👌🇺🇸

  • Syahmi Dinie
    Syahmi Dinie Month ago

    Her name is PennyWise

  • Jen Haganey
    Jen Haganey Month ago


  • Tres Den
    Tres Den Month ago

    I would have enjoyed Parker.

  • Steve Phelps
    Steve Phelps Month ago

    It should have been Nickels

  • Aiman Syazwan
    Aiman Syazwan Month ago

    its Penelope Wyatt

  • Czobi
    Czobi Month ago

    I think I know her surname. Yeah I definitely know it. It’s Skywalker, Penny Skywalker. And she’s the grandchild of the Emperor... oh wait that’s an other story. But it’s definitely Penny Skywalker

  • Krzysztof Kolodziejczyk
    Krzysztof Kolodziejczyk Month ago +103

    i can't imagine nothing more irrelevant than this question. And yet i clicked the video. And even bothered to leave a comment. What's wrong with me?

    • Happy Horse
      Happy Horse Month ago

      Krzysztof Kolodziejczyk you miss Big Bang Theory

    • Nuclear
      Nuclear Month ago

      You aren't a fan of big bang are you?

    • Jannis Zimbalski
      Jannis Zimbalski Month ago

      Krzysztof Kolodziejczyk Same here. :D

  • Joshua Kimble
    Joshua Kimble Month ago

    Check out head lights at 1:52...

  • Portia Matthews
    Portia Matthews Month ago +6

    Penny was from Nebraska so I would guess that her last name would be Miller. Based on the 2010 census this is one of the common name for the state of Nebraska the other two are Smith and Johnson.

  • Prasad Sawant
    Prasad Sawant Month ago

    she is penny-wise (the clown)

  • Mike Nelson
    Mike Nelson Month ago

    A similar situation happened on Star Trek (TOS). Mr (Hikaru) Sulu never had a first name until Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

  • A K
    A K Month ago +4

    When you forgot to do something, and then it’s a bit late, and you are thinking about fixing it but just can’t... ‘cos it would open a can of worms, and then you do nothing. And if anyone asks later, you lie that it was your intention all along 😂

  • leslie bell
    leslie bell Month ago

    Penny Lane...

  • Vader
    Vader Month ago +16

    I bet they drop her last name in Young Sheldon just like they dropped Amy and Sheldon have a child.

    • Mel B
      Mel B Month ago

      Big Bang Theory ended way too soon.

  • Andrew Eckel
    Andrew Eckel Month ago +32

    Penny's last name before she married Leonard was Johnson; from her first marriage to Zack it is anybody's guess what her name was before that.

  • Ryan Corrigan
    Ryan Corrigan Month ago +3

    Because shes hot and no one cares 😁

  • Dana Church
    Dana Church Month ago

    Penny lane

  • Facepalm Jesus
    Facepalm Jesus Month ago +2

    her last name is Bond...Penny Bond

  • borjastick
    borjastick Month ago

    Penny Lovelytits. Or Penny Stamp.

  • Mike Plus
    Mike Plus Month ago

    What, Penny`s last name ? Never even thought about that

  • mattep74
    mattep74 Month ago

    Why its hennesy - ritter of course

  • crwmike0
    crwmike0 Month ago

    Penny Farthing

  • Matteo Gagliardi
    Matteo Gagliardi Month ago

    Some people just don’t get the beauty and art of Penny’s last name not being known

  • Gibson Rickenbacker
    Gibson Rickenbacker Month ago +21

    i could swear i saw an episode where Leonard was on the phone with Pennys dad and said something like "thanks Mr Wilson"...idk maybe i imagined the whole thing

  • drew c
    drew c Month ago

    Sheldon knows.
    First name, PENNY
    (Knock knock knock)
    Second name, PENNY
    (Knock knock knock)
    Last name, PENNY

  • one of a kind
    one of a kind Month ago +53

    Her lastname is Wise.
    Would have been fun.

    • Ivan Walters
      Ivan Walters Month ago +1

      Actually I've thought and said this for a while. In the "Holographic Excitation" Sheldon said he was terrified of clowns and he would be even more terrified of a child killer clown from outer space. Due to this the gang agreed to never, ever, ever say Penny's full name.

    • The Anachronistic Life
      The Anachronistic Life Month ago

      Already taken in adventures in odyssey

  • james morrison
    james morrison Month ago +1

    We know Hofstadter, there is an underlying set of traditional values incorporated over the arch of character development. The taking of Leonard’s last name is an example of just one of the many choices made within the storylines that come down on the traditional values side of things. So it is what it is and the reveal is Penny’s last name is Hofstadter.

  • Josh McFarland
    Josh McFarland Month ago

    Who is Penny?

  • Josva The Noble Fool

    Her last name is hoffsteader

  • PythonPlusPlus
    PythonPlusPlus Month ago

    Her last name is farthing

  • Jakheerhussain D
    Jakheerhussain D Month ago

    penny penny penny penny penny penny penny penny penny penny penny penny I just typed penny 30000 times

  • stempel2000
    stempel2000 Month ago +58

    It's prolly a controversial name she doens't want others to know. Penny Hitler or something..

  • Kelly Stout
    Kelly Stout Month ago

    I think her last name is Penny Court. Like a play on Penny Lane.