Fenton Family History
Fenton Name 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