Origins Available: English
The name Fean is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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 Fean family
The surname Fean 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 Fean 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 Fean family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fean 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 Fean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fean Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Fean has been spelled many different ways, including Fenn, Fenne, Fennoy, Fann, Fan, Venn, Fen and others.
Early Notables of the Fean 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 Fean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fean family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Feans to arrive in North America: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fean (post 1700)
- Sir Vincent Fean KCVO (b. 1952), British diplomat, High Commissioner to Malta (2002-2006), Ambassador to Libya (2006-2010)