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Fenton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, in Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Staffordshire, and South Yorkshire, so called from Old English fenn ‘marsh’, ‘fen’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’ Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Fionnachta (see Finnerty) or Ó Fiachna ‘descendant of Fiachna’, an old personal name Anglicized as Feighney and sometimes mistranslated as Hunt (see Fee). Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of various like-sounding names, for example Finkelstein (see Funke).

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


Similar surnames: Felton, Denton, Kenton, Henton, Benton, Lenton, Renton, Winton

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Where is the Fenton family from?

You can see how Fenton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fenton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fenton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 111 Fenton families living in New York. This was about 37% of all the recorded Fenton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Fenton families in 1840.
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What did your Fenton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fenton. 15% of Fenton men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Fenton women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fenton were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
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What is the average Fenton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fenton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Fenton in 1944 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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