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The name Fenwick first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Fenwick, which was in Northumberland and in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This habitation name was originally derived from the Old English fenn, which means marsh and wic, which literally means a dairy farm. In this case the original bearers of the surname Fenwick lived in marshy area where they was a dairy farm. " Fenwick Tower was the seat of the ancient family of the same name, so numerous in Northumberland; and so continued till 1688, when Sir John Fenwick alienated his estates for the sum of £20,000." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Fenwick Early Origins



The surname Fenwick was first found in Northumberland where the family held a family seat at Stamfordham from ancient times. "The church [at Stamfordham], erected about the 13th century, is in the early English style, and stands west of the market-cross; the chancel was built by the Fenwicks, of Fenwick Tower, and contains several monumental inscriptions to that ancient family and the Swinburnes." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"In pulling down the remains of Fenwick Tower here, in 1775, several hundred gold nobles, of the coinage of Edward III., were found in an open stone chest, supposed to have been concealed in 1360 on the invasion of David, King of Scotland, who made prisoners the two sons of Sir John Fenwick, then owner of the castle." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Over in Blagdon, another branch of the family was found and held estates for some time. "This place, which lies on the south side of the Blyth, was formerly called Blakedene, and was part of the ancient barony of Morpeth: the family of Fenwick flourished on the spot for three centuries, the 15th, 16th, and 17th." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Fenwick Spelling Variations


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Fenwick Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Fenwick has appeared include Fenwick, Fenwicks, Fennick, Fenwicke and others.

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Fenwick Early History


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Fenwick Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fenwick research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1697, 1578, 1589, 1570, 1658, 1624, 1648, 1593, 1670, 1603, 1657, 1640, 1654, 1657, 1617, 1676, 1645, 1676, 1645, 1694, 1662, 1701, 1689, 1695, 1618, 1683, 1675, 1645, 1697 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Fenwick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fenwick Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fenwick Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William Fenwick, Sheriff of Northumberland in 1578 and 1589; Sir John Fenwick, 1st Baronet (c.1570-c.1658), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1624 and 1648, supporter of the Parliamentary cause in the Civil War; John Fenwicke (c.1593-1670), supported the...

Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fenwick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fenwick arrived in North America very early:

Fenwick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cutberd Fenwick, who arrived in Maryland in 1633
  • Cuthbert Fenwick, who landed in Maryland in 1634
  • Cuthbert Fenwick settled in Virginia in 1634
  • George Fenwick, who arrived in New England in 1635
  • George Fenwick settled in Connecticut in 1640
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fenwick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Fenwick, aged 27, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • B Fenwick, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Joseph Fenwick, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886
  • Adam Fenwick, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886
  • Andrew Fenwick, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886

Fenwick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • W H Fenwick, who landed in Mississippi in 1906

Fenwick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Fenwick, aged 28, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mathew Fenwick, aged 16, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Edward Fenwick settled in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia with his wife and five children in 1778

Fenwick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Fenwick, a rope-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Francis Fenwick, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • Thomas E. Fenwick, aged 30, a draper, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • William Fenwick, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia"
  • John Fenwick, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fenwick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ralph G. Fenwick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • A. Fenwick arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fenwick (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fenwick (post 1700)



  • Irene Fenwick (1887-1936), American stage and silent film actress, wife of Lionel Barrymore
  • Benedict Joseph Fenwick S.J. (1782-1846), American prelate of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Boston (1825 until his death in 1846)
  • Bishop Edward Dominic Fenwick (1768-1832), American clergyman, Bishop of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Millicent Hammond Fenwick (1910-1992), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1975-83; Member of New Jersey Republican State Committee, 1976
  • M. Fenwick, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Paducah, Kentucky, 1995
  • Joseph Fenwick, American politician, U.S. Consul in Bordeaux, 1790-97
  • Jason Fenwick, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 2004
  • Francis Columbus Fenwick, American politician, U.S. Consul in Nantes, 1821-38
  • Charles Rogers Fenwick (1900-1969), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1940-46; Member of Virginia State Senate, 1948-67; Member of Virginia Democratic State Central Committee, 1952-64
  • Susan Fenwick, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fenwick Historic Events


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Fenwick Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Fenwick, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Switzerland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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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: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Fenwick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fenwick 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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