Fenney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Fenney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Fiannaidhe. This name, which was O Feinneadha in its earlier form, refers to a soldier.
Early Origins of the Fenney family
The surname Fenney was first found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and where their territories were Ballyfeeney and in Roscommon. Moving north into Ulster the name became Finney. This branch also moved into southwest Scotland from about the 15th century.
Important Dates for the Fenney family
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Fenney Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Fenney family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Finney, Feeney, Finnay, Finny, Fynnie, Fynney, Feenay, Feeny, Feaney, Feanay, Feany and many more.
Early Notables of the Fenney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fenney family
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Fenney or a variant listed above: Robert Finney, who purchased land in Virginia in 1716; John Finney landed in Maryland in 1774; Robert Finney settled in Virginia in 1716; Ellen Finney settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1840.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fenney (post 1700)
- Thomas F. Fenney, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 1st District, 1941 
- Mr. Alan Albert Fenney M.B.E., British Sergeant for the Royal Air Force was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017
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