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Where did the English Fenimore family come from? What is the English Fenimore family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fenimore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fenimore family history?

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, a nickname for a very elegant man and amour, which is means love.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fenimore research. Another 292 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1208 is included under the topic Early Fenimore History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Fenimore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

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


  • Robert Dale Fenimore (1925-2010), American football halfback known as the "Blonde Bomber", inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1972)


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