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Fenton Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places in Yorkshire Lincolnshire Northumberland Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire so called from Old English fenn ‘marsh fen’ + tūn ‘enclosure settlement’. Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Fionnachta or Ó Fiachna ‘descendant of Fiachna’ an old personal name Anglicized as Feighney and sometimes mistranslated as Hunt (see Fee 1 and Finnerty ). Scottish: habitational name from Fenton in East Lothian. Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames for example Finkelstein .

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

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 233 Fenton families living in Ontario. This was about 47% of all the recorded Fenton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Fenton families in 1911.
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What did your Fenton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Fenton. 42% of Fenton men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Fenton women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fenton were Clerk and Saleslady. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
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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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