Fenn Family History

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Fenn Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in a low-lying marshy area, from Middle English fenn ‘marsh’, ‘bog’. South German: topographic name from Old High German fenni, Middle Low German and Old Frisian fenne ‘bog’. Compare Fehn.

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

Similar surnames: Venn, Fehn, Henn, Penn, Benn, Fern, Senn, Finn, Fein, Fey

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Fenn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fenn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fenn. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Fenn Family Origin

Where is the Fenn family from?

Fenn Family Occupations

What did your Fenn ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Fenn family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fenn. The most common Fenn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Fenn's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Fenn ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Fenn Historical Records

What Fenn family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 101,000 census records available for the last name Fenn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fenn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Fenn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Fenn. For the veterans among your Fenn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fenn Life Expectancy

What is the average Fenn lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fenn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fenn in 1944 was 45, and 86 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fenn

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fenn ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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