The origins of the Fenten name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Fenton. The surname Fenten originally derived from the Old English words Fenne
which referred to an enclosed region by a dyke. There are numerous listings of this local
name: a township near Carlisle, Cumberland; a chapelry in the parish of Beckingham, Lincoln; and a hamlet in the parish of Kettlethorpe, Lincoln.
Early Origins of the Fenten family
The surname Fenten was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fenten family
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Fenten Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fenten were recorded, including Fenton, Fentun, Fentoun, Fentown, Fentoune and many more.
Early Notables of the Fenten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fenten family to Ireland
Some of the Fenten family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Fenten family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Fenten family emigrate to North America: Robert Fenton who settled in Virginia in 1606, fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; James Fenton, who purchased land in Virginia in 1623; Henry Fenton, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1638.
The Fenten 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: Gwell angau na gwarth
Motto Translation: Death before disgrace.