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This is an English locational name from the various villages so called in the counties of Lincolnshire, Northumbria, Staffordshire, South Yorkshire and Cumbria. All share the same derivation, which is from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "fen" meaning a marsh, and "tun", a fenced enclosure. This later developed into a homestead, then a hamlet of few houses, and later a village, town, or even a city. The surname of Fenton is ancient and in some cases it denoted the lord of the manor, as in Sir Thomas de Fenton of Staffordshire, recorded in the Heraldic Rolls of King Edward 111 (1327 - 1377)...

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