Fennell Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Gunnell, Fenner, Bunnell, Hensell, Hennelly, Tennell, Tunnell

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Fennell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fennell name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Fennell Family Origin

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Fennell Family Occupations

What did your Fennell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fennell. A less common occupation for the Fennell family was Carpenter. The most common Fennell occupation in Canada was Farmer. 35% of Fennell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Student

  • Carpenter


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Fennell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Fennell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fennell 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Fennell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, 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 Fennell. For the veterans among your Fennell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fennell Life Expectancy

What is the average Fennell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Fennell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Fennell in 1943 was 35, and 71 in 2004.

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