Fenley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fenley family

The surname Fenley was first found in Delvin, where they held a family seat as chiefs Teffia or Westmeath. The clann, along with the O'Skullys were of the Dalcassian race, one of the founding races of Ireland. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable.

Early History of the Fenley family

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Fenley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Finlan, Finland, Fenland, Fenlan, O'Fenelon, O'Finlan, O'Finnelan and many more.

Early Notables of the Fenley family (pre 1700)

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Fenley Ranking

In the United States, the name Fenley is the 18,718th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Fenley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fenley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Fenley, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • David Fenley, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [2]

Canada Fenley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fenley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Fenley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
Fenley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Fenley, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
  • Henry Fenley, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
  • James Fenley, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
  • James Fenley, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Fenley (post 1700) +

  • Molissa Fenley (b. 1954), American dancer and choreographer
  • Stanley Fenley (1896-1972), English cricketer


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)


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