Fenelon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Fenelon comes from when the family resided near a place where vennel grew. Vennel was an herb used for cooking. Other sources list the name as a local name derived from the term at the vennel.
Early Origins of the Fenelon family
The surname Fenelon was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fenelon family
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Fenelon Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fenelon include Fennell, Vennell, Venall, Fenel and others.
Early Notables of the Fenelon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fenelon family to Ireland
Some of the Fenelon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Fenelon family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert Fennell, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Edward Fennell who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, children, and servants; as well as Edward, Michael, Patrick and William Fennell, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..
Contemporary Notables of the name Fenelon (post 1700) +
- J. J. Fenelon, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 40th District, 1893-94 
- Etta Fenelon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1952 
- Charles D. Fenelon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1908 
- Fenelon Howes, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Barbour County, 1868-69 
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