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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Leydon, Leidden, Leyden, Leidon, Lethen, Lethane and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fennessy research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1335, 1517, 1526, 1546, 1679, and 1811 are included under the topic Early Fennessy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Fennessy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 226 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fennessy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Fennessy settled in Massachusetts in 1852
  • Mary Fennessy arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • Patrick Fennessy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879
  • David Fennessy, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Dublin, in 1892
  • Ellen Fennessy, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Ireland, in 1893


Fennessy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • James Fennessy, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Cork, in 1904
  • David Fennessy, aged 32, who landed in America from Newcastle, Tipperary, Ireland, in 1907
  • Delia Fennessy, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Nenagh, Ireland, in 1907
  • Denis Fennessy, aged 19, who landed in America from Nenagh, Ireland, in 1907
  • Jeremiah Fennessy, aged 22, who landed in America from Lismore, Ireland, in 1908


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  • Joan Fennessy, English former secretary of Hereford United
  • Carl Fennessy, Australian co-CEO of Shine Australia, an Australian production company based in Sydney in 2010
  • Sir Edward "Ned" Fennessy (1912-2009), English electronics engineer who led developments of early radar systems, managing director of British Telecommunications Research; he recruited Arthur C. Clarke as a radar technician
  • Leo Michael Fennessy (1907-1992), Australian politician, born at Warrnambool, Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Labor member for Brunswick East


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  1. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The Fennessy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fennessy 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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