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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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Fenton Family Origin

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Fenton Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Fenton. 30% of Fenton men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Fenton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fenton were Clerk and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Saleslady
    6%
  • Student
    6%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Fenton Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Fenton. For the veterans among your Fenton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fenton Life Expectancy

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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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