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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Where did the Irish Fennessey family come from? What is the Irish Fennessey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fennessey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fennessey family history?The Fennessey surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó Fionnghusa, "descendant of Fionnghus," a personal name composed of the elements "fionn," meaning "fair," or "white," and "gus," meaning "vigor," or "force."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Fannessy, Fennessey, Finessy, Finessey, Fenessy, O'Fennesy and many more.
First found in Tipperary, where they held a family seat as chiefs seated at Cashel of the Kings in that county. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns and sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in the county of Waterford.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fennessey research. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1747, 1874, and 1886 are included under the topic Early Fennessey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Fennese, who settled in Boston in 1748; James Fennesey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Thomas Fennesy, who arrived in Memphis, TN in 1851.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Recte adhibito Deus adjuvat
Motto Translation: God will help us to do right
The Fennessey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fennessey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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