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Fenner Name Meaning

English: from Middle English fen(ne) ‘fen marsh’ (Old English fenn) + -er a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a marsh or fen. Fenn Place in Worth in Sussex had owners called atte Fenne who in the time of King Henry VI (1421–1471) apparently changed their name to Fenner. See Fenn . English: variant of Fainer from Middle English feiner fener ‘haymonger one who sells hay’ (Old French fenier) or perhaps a nickname from Middle English feiner ‘inventor; hypocrite’. South German and Swiss German: occupational name for an ensign or standard bearer from Middle High German vener an agent derivative of Middle High German vane ‘flag’. See also Fenrich .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Finner, Benner, Penner, Jenner, Venner, Denner, Renner, Kenner

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You can see how Fenner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fenner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fenner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 64 Fenner families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Fenner's in USA. New York had the highest population of Fenner families in 1840.
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What did your Fenner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fenner. 17% of Fenner men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Fenner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fenner were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Fenner. 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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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Fenner. For the veterans among your Fenner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fenner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Fenner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Fenner in 1942 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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