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Posted by: Doyle Fenn Date: September 15, 2000 at 08:01:46
In Reply to: FENN by Judith Oldhaam of 836

The name FENN comes from a marsh in England where they lived. Until about 1100 a.d. people did not have a surname. They had a problem with so many Johns, Jesses, Williams etc. they started calling them John who lives in the Fenn marsh, John who lives among the Birch (BIRCH/BURCH) trees. Or John who is a carpenter (John Carpenter) etc.

Many of the Fenns in the US were originally Fan or Fann. They were makers of fans in England. Some changed the spelling along the way.

Doyle Fenn

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