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Fenton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, in Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Staffordshire, and South Yorkshire, so called from Old English fenn ‘marsh’, ‘fen’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’ Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Fionnachta (see Finnerty) or Ó Fiachna ‘descendant of Fiachna’, an old personal name Anglicized as Feighney and sometimes mistranslated as Hunt (see Fee). Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of various like-sounding names, for example Finkelstein (see Funke).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Felton, Denton, Kenton, Henton, Benton, Lenton, Renton, Winton

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Fenton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fenton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fenton. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    46%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    24%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • European Jewish

    3%

  • France

    3%

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Fenton Family Origin

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Fenton Family Occupations

What did your Fenton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Fenton occupation in the UK was Farmer. 3% of Fenton's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Fenton family was Annuitant. Farmer, Grocer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fenton.

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  • Farmer

    3%
  • Grocer

    2%
  • Labourer

    2%
  • Annuitant

    2%

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Fenton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 210,000 census records available for the last name Fenton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fenton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Fenton. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Fenton. For the veterans among your Fenton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fenton Life Expectancy

What is the average Fenton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fenton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Fenton in 1944 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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