Our Fennell and Related Families

The surname Fennell means "grower or sower of fennell", from the name O'Fionnghail, descendant of Fionnghal. Variations include Fenell, Funnell, and Fonnell. Early families bearing the name Fennell originated from Counties Tipperary and Kilkenny. The name is composed of the elements "Fionn", meaning "Fair" and "Gal", meaning "valour". Information regarding our Irish ancestors is quite sketchy at this point in time, although we are quite lucky in that we are able to trace our roots in Ireland back to the early 1800s. I was very fortunate to have been able to visit my mother's ancestral homeland, and to meet many of our relatives, in May 1998.

Generation #1:

Our ancestor Roger Fennell was born at a time and place yet unknown. He married Kate Smyth, and died bef.1901 in Ireland. He was likely a fisherman by trade. They had one known child, Thomas Fennell.

Generation #2:

The sole recorded child of our ancestor Roger Fennell was Thomas Fennell (follow the link to view the Thomas Fennell family page, and refer to the CHC Report) who was baptized on August 23, 1862, at Seafield, in the Parish of Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Co. Clare, Ireland. His baptismal sponsors were Bridget Mahon and James Brody. Thomas Fennell married Bridget Foran on July 30, 1882, at Quilty, in the Parish of Kilmurry-Ibrickane, witnesses being Thomas Hickey and Jane Falsey. Bridget was the daughter of James Foran and Honora Shanahan. Thomas was a fisherman by trade and it is believed he may have been an only child. Known children of Thomas Fennell and Bridget Foran were:


1-Patrick Fennell, baptized February 03, 1884, in Quilty. Possibly died young.

2-John Fennell, baptized March 30, 1885, in Quilty. Possibly died young.

3-Michael Fennell, baptized August 09, 1886, in Quilty. Possibly died young.

4-Michael John Fennell, born in September 1889, at Quilty, died December 12, 1969, in Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland.

5-Bridget Fennell, baptized March 30, 1892, at Tromora, in the Parish of Kilmurry-Ibrickane.

6-John Fennell, baptized July 07, 1894, at Quilty. Possibly died young.

7-Catherine Fennell, baptized November 18, 1896, at Seafield. She married Thomas Cunneen and died in Quilty on May 4, 1982.

8-Thomas Fennell, baptized July 05, 1899, at Quilty.

9-John Fennell, baptized March 13, 1902, at Quilty, died April 11, 1983, at Quilty, married Margaret/Mary Kelleher, who died on May 4, 1982, at the age of 85. Follow the link to view the John Fennell family page.

10-Pat Fennell, baptized July 26, 1903, at Quilty.

11-Joseph Fennell, baptized February 23, 1907, at Quilty.

Generation #3:

Of the above mentioned children of Thomas Fennell and Bridget Foran, Michael John Fennell was born in September 1889, in Quilty. He was baptized on September 14, 1889, and his sponsor was Mary Falsey. He died on December 12, 1969, in the city of Galway, and was buried in Galway Cemetery. His first marriage was to Joanna (Jane) Cosgrove, daughter of John Cosgrove and Maria, whom he wed in Quilty on October 05, 1911. Witnesses to the marriage were John Kenny and Catherine Egan. His second wife was Julia O'Halloran, of whom nothing more is known at this time. Follow the link to view the Personal Information Page of Michael John Fennell.

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