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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Fenton surname lived in the region of Fenton. The surname Fenton originally derived from the Old English words Fenne and Tun 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.

Fenton Early Origins



The surname Fenton was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Fenton Spelling Variations


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Fenton Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Fenton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fenton include: Fenton, Fentun, Fentoun, Fentown, Fentoune and many more.

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Fenton Early History


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Fenton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fenton research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1261, 1539, 1608, 1603, 1683 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Fenton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fenton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fenton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fenton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fenton In Ireland


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Fenton In Ireland



Some of the Fenton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fenton or a variant listed above:

Fenton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Fenton settled in Virginia in 1606
  • James Fenton purchased land in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Fenton received a land grant in Virginia in 1638
  • Henry Fenton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Jane Fenton, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fenton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Benj Fenton, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Anne Fenton, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Anne Fenton came to Virginia in 1705
  • Alexander Fenton, who settled in Antigua (Antego) in 1738
  • Thomas and William Fenton arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fenton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Geo Fenton, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Ann Fenton, who settled in New York, NY in 1821
  • Alexr. Fenton, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • David Fenton, who landed in New York in 1832
  • Samuel Fenton, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fenton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Rebecca Fenton, who arrived in Illinois in 1952

Fenton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Fenton settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Mary Fenton, aged 9, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Sarah Fenton, aged 15, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Mr. Jacob Fenton U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Fenton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Fenton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • Honiara Fenton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • James Fenton, aged 23, a smith, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
  • William Fenton, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Robert Fenton, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fenton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Fenton, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Edmund Fenton, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Dennis Fenton, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Michael Fenton, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Johanna Fenton, aged 25, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fenton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W.H . Fenton landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
  • H. Fenton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1864
  • John Fenton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1864
  • John Fenton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Fenton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fenton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fenton (post 1700)



  • Reuben Eaton Fenton (1819-1885), American merchant and politician, 22nd Governor of New York (1865-1868), United States Senator from New York (1869-1875), eponym of Fenton, New York
  • Carroll Lane Fenton (1900-1969), American geologist, paleontologist, neoichnologist, and historian of science
  • Mildred Adams Fenton (1899-1995), American paleontologist and geologist
  • Elizabeth Fenton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000
  • Daniel G. Fenton, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 3rd District, 1848
  • Charles W. Fenton, American politician, U.S. Consul in Southampton, 1849-50
  • Charles B. Fenton, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Mackinac District, 1867-68, 1871-72
  • Barbara Ann Fenton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 2012
  • Aubrey Fenton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • Arthur Fenton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1924
  • ... (Another 41 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fenton Historic Events


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Fenton Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Walter Fenton (1886-1914), English First Class Passenger from Manchester, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Fenton, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Elba Fenton, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Fenton, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred C Fenton, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Colin Stanley Moorhouse Fenton, English Deck Engineer from Sheffield, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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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: Gwell angau na gwarth
Motto Translation: Death before disgrace.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. 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).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Fenton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fenton 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 4 November 2016 at 08:48.

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