Fanney is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived near a marsh or swamp. Another name for wetlands is fen,
in the Old English fenn,
from which this name is derived. There are two place-names that may serve as sources for the name as well: Fen, in Lincolnshire
, and Venn, in Devon.
Early Origins of the Fanney family
The surname Fanney was first found in Devon
, where the family held a family seat
from early times. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the Fanney family emerged independently in different areas during the Middle Ages. The earliest known bearer of the name was Godwin de la Fenna, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Fanney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fanney research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1185, 1190, 1199, 1297, 1639, 1637, 1723, 1615, 1987, 1687, 1586, 1650, 1641 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Fanney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fanney Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fanney family name include Fenn, Fenne, Fennoy, Fann, Fan, Venn, Fen and others.
Early Notables of the Fanney family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Richard Venn or Fenn (died 1639), an English merchant and politician, Lord Mayor of London in 1637; John Fenn (died May 1723), an early 18th century English pirate who sailed with Captain Bartholomew Roberts; John Fenn (d. December 1615), an English Roman... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fanney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fanney family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fanney surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Fenn, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Richard Fenn, who immigrated to New England
in 1635; Charles Fann, who came to Maryland in 1663; Joshua Fenn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682.