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Updated June 9, 2019

Boy name origins & meanings

  • English : From the fern slope

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from any of the many places, such as Farnell (Kent, Wiltshire), Farnhill (West Yorkshire), and Fernhill (Cheshire), named from Old English fearn ‘fern’ + hyll ‘hill’. In a few cases it may also derive from Farnell in Angus, Scotland, although the surname is not now common in Scotland.

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