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Fennell Family History

Fennell Name Meaning
English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of fennel (Old English finugle, fenol, from Late Latin fenuculum). Fennel was widely used in the Middle Ages as a herb for seasoning. The surname may also have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a place where the herb grew or was grown.English: Reaney also identifies this as a derivative of Fitz Neal ‘son of Neal’, citing as an example Fennells Wood, a place name recorded in 1391 as Fenelgrove and named for a Robert FitzNeel (1283).Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fionnghail ‘descendant of Fionnghal’, a personal name composed of the elements fionn ‘fair’, ‘white’ + gal ‘valor’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Fennell Families

  • Number of Fennell families
     74 - 146
     25 - 73
     1 - 24
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Fennell families
     213 - 424
     72 - 212
     1 - 71
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Fennell families
     3 - 2
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Fennell Family Origin

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Fennell Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Fennell

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Fennell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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