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Origins of the Fenton surname

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About the Fentons

We have a total number of 73093 records for people with the last name Fenton.

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Where do most Fentons live?

In 1921, most Fentons lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Fentons

How common is your surname?

704th most common surname in the UK

We have 58,100 records for the Fenton surname. The oldest one dates back to 1241.

Who were Fentons most likely to marry?

Smiths

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Fenton Or Ffenton Or Fintons

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What are the most common Fenton first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Fentons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Fentons in 1921
Cotton Weaver

212

Dressmaker

206

Housekeeper

107

Living On Own Means

105

Domestic Servant

102

Common Male occupations for Fentons in 1921
General Labourer

182

Farmer

162

Coal Miner

155

Agricultural Labourer

125

Blacksmith

123

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