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
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 of 1176.
Early History of the Fanney family
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Fanney Spelling Variations
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)
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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.
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