Fenner Family History

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Fenner Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in a low-lying marshy area (see Fenn). South 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Fenner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fenner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fenner. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Fenner Family Origin

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Fenner Family Occupations

What did your Fenner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Fenner family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fenner. The most common Fenner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Fenner's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Fenner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Fenner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fenner 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 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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Draft Card

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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Fenner Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fenner 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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