Fennour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Fennour family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Sussex. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Veneur, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Fennour family

The surname Fennour was first found in Sussex. Some of the family were also found in the parish of Horley in Surrey from ancient times. "The church contains the effigy of a man in armour, in a recumbent position, his feet resting on a lion; also an ancient brass effigy, under a pointed arch, to the memory of Joanna Fenner." [1]

Important Dates for the Fennour family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fennour research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1558 and 1587 are included under the topic Early Fennour History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fennour Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Fenner, Fenour, Feneur, Veneur and others.

Early Notables of the Fennour family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fennour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fennour family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Fennour or a variant listed above were: Arthur Fenner who settled in Providence R.I. in 1630; Edward Fenner settled in Virginia in 1654; John Fenner settled in Connecticut in 1630; Rebecca Fenner settled in Boston in 1635..

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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