Feenan / Fanning

Origin: Irish. The roots of the Feenan surname in Ireland are somewhat unclear; it seems that the name was both native Irish Gaelic, and Norman. The Gaelic name ó Fionnáin seems to be derived from Gaelic word fionn, which means fair, and has been Anglicized as Finan and Fanning, both of which are Norman names that came to Ireland in the 12th century. As a Norman name, Feenan is generally thought to be derived from the Norman personal name Panin. First found in Limerick where Fanningstoown, previously known as Ballyfanning can be found, as well as in neighbouring Tipperary where this Norman family settled at Ballingarry. First found in Limerick, where Fanningstoown, previously known as Ballyfanning can be found, as well as in neighbouring Tipperary where this Norman family settled at Ballingarry. One line of thinking is that they were originally from Fainent in Normandy, and arrived in England during the Norman Conquest of 1066, and came to Ireland in the 12th century. One notable bearer of the personal name who lived several centuries prior to the introduction of hereditary surnames was St. Finan who died in 661 AD, and achieved repute for his missionary work in England.

Spelling variations include: Feenan, Fanning, Fannin, Fanningley, Fannon, Finan, Finnan, O'Finan and many more.

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