Fenwick Family History

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Fenwick Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: habitational name from either of two places in Northumberland or from one in West Yorkshire, all of which are so named from Old English fenn ‘marsh’, ‘fen’ + wic ‘outlying dairy farm’. There is also a place in Ayrshire, Scotland, which has the same name and origin. This last is the source of at least some early examples of the surname: Nicholaus Fynwyk was provost of Ayr in 1313, and Reginald de Fynwyk or Fynvyk appears as bailie and alderman of the same burgh in 1387 and 1401. The name is usually pronounced ‘Fennick’.

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

Similar surnames: Renwick, Beswick, Bewick, Barwick, Harwick, Senick, Goswick, Herwick

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Fenwick Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fenwick name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Fenwick Family Origin

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Fenwick Family Occupations

What did your Fenwick ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Fenwick family was Agricultural Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fenwick. The most common Fenwick occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 9% of Fenwick's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Annuitant

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Fenwick Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 86,000 census records available for the last name Fenwick. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fenwick 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

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Fenwick. For the veterans among your Fenwick ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fenwick Life Expectancy

What is the average Fenwick lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Fenwick life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fenwick in 1947 was 69, and 83 in 2004.

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