Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from any of various places, in
Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Staffordshire, and South Yorkshire, so
called from Old English fenn ‘marsh’, ‘fen’ + tūn
- 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).
This name appears in the following lists:
Names from Shakespeare,
Comments for Fenton