Meaning and Origin of Fenton - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Fenton

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • English : From the settlement of the town on the moor

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Family name origins & meanings:

  • English : habitational name from any of various places, in Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Staffordshire, and South Yorkshire, so called from Old English fenn ‘marsh’, ‘fen’ + tūn ‘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).