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Fennell Surname Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of fennel from Middle English fenel finel finol ‘fennel’ (Old English finugl from Late Latin fenuculum). Fennel was widely used in the Middle Ages a for its medicinal and culinary uses. The surname may also have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a place where the herb grew or was grown such as the lost place in or near Litlington and Wilmington (Kent) known only from the early surname forms. Irish: shortened 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 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Fennell family from?

You can see how Fennell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fennell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fennell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 163 Fennell families living in Ontario. This was about 57% of all the recorded Fennell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Fennell families in 1911.
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What did your Fennell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Fennell. 51% of Fennell men worked as a Farmer and 45% of Fennell women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fennell were Laborer and School Teacher. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
  • Student
  • Stenographer
  • School Teacher
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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 Lists

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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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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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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