Fenimore is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a person who was perceived to be splendid and very likable. The surname is derived from the Old French words fin,
for a very elegant man and amour,
which is means love.
Early Origins of the Fenimore family
The surname Fenimore was first found in Oxfordshire
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 Fenimore family
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Fenimore Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fenimore were recorded, including Fennimore, Fenemere, Finimore, Finnimore, Fenimore, Fenimere, Finmore and many more.
Early Notables of the Fenimore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fenimore family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Fenimore family emigrate to North America:
Fenimore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Humphrey Fenimore, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Fenimore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Beulah Fenimore, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1909
- Carrie Fenimore, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Hellscott, England, in 1911
- Michael Fenimore, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Fenimore (post 1700)
- Keith Fenimore, American producer, known for Howard Stern: Behind the Scenes Show (2011)
- Ford Fenimore (d. 1941), American actor, known for For High Stakes (1915), The Parson's Horse Race (1915) and The Hand of the Law (1915)
- Elizabeth Fenimore, American mother of James Fenimore Cooper
- Robert Dale Fenimore (1925-2010), American football halfback known as the "Blonde Bomber", inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1972)