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The history of the Fennelly family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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.

Fennelly Early Origins



The surname Fennelly 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.

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Fennelly Spelling Variations


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Fennelly Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fennelly include Fennell, Vennell, Venall, Fenel and others.

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Fennelly Early History


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Fennelly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fennelly research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1292, 1296, and 1661 are included under the topic Early Fennelly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fennelly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fennelly Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fennelly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fennelly In Ireland


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Fennelly In Ireland



Some of the Fennelly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fennelly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Fennelly, aged 17, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fennelly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fennelly (post 1700)



  • Joseph Fennelly, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1940-51
  • Francis John Fennelly (1860-1920), American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Tenth Bristol District, 1905-06

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Fennelly Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Fennelly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fennelly 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.

    This page was last modified on 26 October 2015 at 09:22.

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