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The roots of the Fanning surname in Ireland are somewhat unclear; it seems that the name was both native Irish Gaelic, and Norman. The Gaelic name ó Fionnáin seems to be derived from Gaelic word "fionn," which means "fair," and has been Anglicized as "Finan" and "Fanning," both of which are Norman names that came to Ireland in the 12th century. As a Norman name, Fanning is generally thought to be derived from the Norman personal name Panin.

Fanning Early Origins



The surname Fanning was first found in Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where Fanningstoown, previously known as Ballyfanning can be found, as well as in neighboring Tipperary where this Norman family settled at Ballingarry. One line of thinking is that they were originally from Fainent in Normandy, and arrived in England during the Norman Conquest of 1066, and came to Ireland in the 12th century. One notable bearer of the personal name who lived several centuries prior to the introduction of hereditary surnames was St. Finan who died in 661 AD, and achieved repute for his missionary work in England.

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Fanning Spelling Variations


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Fanning Spelling Variations



Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Fanning revealed the following spelling variations: Feenan, Fanning, Fannin, Fanningley, Fannon, Finan, Finnan, O'Finan and many more.

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Fanning Early History


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Fanning Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fanning research. Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1636 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Fanning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fanning Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fanning Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Fanning:

Fanning Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmund Fanning settled in New London, CT in 1653
  • Edmund Fanning, who landed in New London, Conn in 1653
  • William Fanning, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1668
  • John Fanning, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Edmond Fanning, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fanning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Fanning settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766

Fanning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Fanning, aged 30, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Thomas Fanning, who landed in New York in 1834
  • Martin Fanning, who landed in New York in 1836
  • Mary Fanning, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Thomas Fanning, aged 9, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fanning Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Fanning settled in Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1767 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Edward Fanning came to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mr. David Fanning U.E. (b. 1755) born in North Carolina, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1825 in Digby, Nova Scotia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Fanning Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Fanning, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1803
  • Alice Walsh Fanning, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • William Fanning was in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1822 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • P. Fanning was in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1832 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Daniel Fanning, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland

Fanning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Fanning arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849
  • Johanna Fanning, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
  • Mary Fanning, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • Mary Fanning, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • James Fanning, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fanning Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Fanning, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fanning (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fanning (post 1700)



  • Buckner R. Fanning (1926-2016), American Southern Baptist pastor
  • William James "Jim" Fanning (1927-2015), American Major League Baseball former catcher for the Chicago Cubs, and manager for the Montreal Expos
  • Katherine "Kay" Fanning (1927-2000), American journalist and newspaper editor and publisher, President of the American Society of News Editors (1987-1988)
  • Jerry M. Fanning (b. 1932), American semi-retired trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses who has had 1,600 career wins
  • David Fanning (1755-1825), British Loyalist leader in the American Revolutionary War, he was captured 14 times, each time receiving a pardon or escaping; he fled to Canada to become a MLA for Kings County, New Brunswick (1791-1801)
  • Nathaniel Fanning (1755-1805), American officer in the Continental Navy who served command of John Paul Jones, eponym of the USS Fanning (DD-385), a Mahan-class destroyer
  • Hanna Dakota Fanning (b. 1994), known as Dakota Fanning, American child actress and youngest nominee for a Screen Actors Guild Award. By the time she was 16 she had already won 13 major awards
  • Mary Elle Fanning (b. 1998), American actress and younger sister of Dakota Fanning
  • Shawn Fanning (b. 1980), American computer programmer most famous for developing Napster, one of the first popular file sharing platforms
  • Dave Fanning (b. 1955), Irish rock journalist, retired film critic and broadcaster
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  11. ...

The Fanning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fanning 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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