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The Fennessey surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó Fionnghusa, "descendant of Fionnghus," a personal name composed of the elements "fionn," meaning "fair," or "white," and "gus," meaning "vigor," or "force."

Fennessey Early Origins



The surname Fennessey was first found in Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as chiefs seated at Cashel of the Kings in that county. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns and sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in the county of Waterford.

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Fennessey Spelling Variations


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Fennessey Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Fannessy, Fennessey, Finessy, Finessey, Fenessy, O'Fennesy and many more.

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Fennessey Early History


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Fennessey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fennessey research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1747, 1874, and 1886 are included under the topic Early Fennessey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fennessey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fennessey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fennessey Notables 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 or some of its variants were: James Fennese, who settled in Boston in 1748; James Fennesey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Thomas Fennesy, who arrived in Memphis, TN in 1851.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fennessey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fennessey (post 1700)



  • Joseph Fennessey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Dr. Neil M Fennessey, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Recte adhibito Deus adjuvat
Motto Translation: God will help us to do right


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Fennessey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fennessey 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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