Is the surname "Fanning" of Irish or English origin?
And if it is of "English" origin is it of "Anglo-Saxon" origion? (The anglo-saxon tribes that invaded england and created "english" culture)
- MaxiLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
This interesting and unusual name is of medieval English origin and is a topographic surname for someone who lived in a low-lying marshy area. The derivation is from the old English pre 7th Century "foenn", which is the East Saxon form of the word "fenn", meaning marsh or bog. In the modern idiom, the variants include Fenn, Venn, Vaun(e), Vance, Vanns, Van, Fenning and Fanning. Amongst examples of namebearers recorded in Norfolk are, one, Alice Fann who married Thomas Preston on October 8th 1593 at St. Gregory's church, Norwich and Robert Fann, the infant son of William and Ann who was christened on January 13th 1705 at St. Mary at Coslany church, Norwich. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John del Fan, which was dated 1199, in the Memoranda Roll of Essex, during the reign of King Richard 11, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
- Anonymous9 years ago
It looks like the name is of medieval English origin:
"The derivation is from the old English pre 7th Century "foenn", which is the East Saxon form of the word "fenn", meaning marsh or bog. In the modern idiom, the variants include Fenn, Venn, Vaun(e), Vance, Vanns, Van, Fenning and Fanning."Source(s): http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Fanning
- Joyce BLv 79 years ago
Fanning Name Meaning and History
English: variant of Fenning.
Fenning Name Meaning and History
English: topographic name for a fen dweller, from a derivative of Old English fenn (see Fenn).Fenn
Name Meaning and History
English: topographic name for someone who lived in a low-lying marshy area, from Middle English fenn ‘marsh’, ‘bog’.
There are Fannings in the passenger lists from England and Ireland. If you are trying to find where your Fanning ancestor came from, you will have to do the research.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137Source(s): ancestry.com