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Fenella - Meaning of Fenella

What does Fenella mean?

Meaning of the name FenellaNoraFionngualaFinnalleFineliaNualaFenellFionnghualaFionualaFennellaFenelleFionolaFionnualaFennelleFennallFinngualaFinnalFinellFionnaghualaFenFenelFinelNolaFinellaFinelleFynellaFinola

[ 3 syll. fe-nel-la, fen-e-lla ] The baby girl name Fenella is pronounced FeyNiyLaa †. Fenella is of Celtic origin. It is used mainly in the English, Irish, and Scottish languages. The name is the Anglicized form of the Irish name Fionnuala, which is also found as Fionnghuala, Fionnaghuala, Finnguala, Fionola, and other variants. In Irish mythology, Fionnuala was the daughter of Lir; she was turned into a swan by her stepmother and subsequently wandered for 900 years before the spell was broken. Her wanderings later became the subject of Thomas Moore's The Song of Fionnuala. The name was adopted by English speakers in the 19th century, popularized by a character bearing the name in the Sir Walter Scott novel Peveril of the Peak (1823).

In addition, Fenella is a variation of Fiona (English, Gaelic, German, and Scottish).

Fenella is also a variation of Fionnghuala (Irish).

Fenella is also a variation of Fionnuala (Irish, English, and Gaelic).

Fenella is a widely used name; it has 27 variations that are used in English and foreign languages. Variations of the name used in English include Fen, Fenel, Fenell, Fenelle, Fennall, Fennella, Fennelle, Finel, Finelia (used in Scottish as well), Finell, Finelle, Finnal, Finnalle, Finola (used in Irish and Scottish as well), Fynella, Nola (used in Irish and Italian as well), and Nora (used in Czech, Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, and Scottish as well).

Foreign variations include Finella (Scottish), Finnguala (Irish), Fionnaghuala (Scottish), Fionnghuala (Irish), Fionnguala (Gaelic), Fionnuala (Irish), Fionola (Irish and Scottish), Fionuala (Irish), and Nuala (Irish). Another foreign variation is the contraction Nella (Irish).

The origin and thus the meaning of Fenella is inherited by all variant forms.


See also the related categories, daughter, swan, song (dance), irish, celtic, and anglicized.

Fenella is unusual as a baby girl name. It is not listed in the top 1000. Out of the family of girl names directly linked to Fenella, Nora was the most regularly used in 2016.

Baby names that sound like Fenella include Finola, Fionnaghuala, Fionnuala, Fionnula, Fanuel, Fenell, Fenelle, Fennelle, Finelle, Finlea, Finlee, Finley, Finnlea, and Finnley.

† Pronunciation for Fenella: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"

A famous person named Fenella is Fenella Fielding, Actress, born Fanella Feldman 17 November 1934, London, England.


Meaning of Fenella Meaning of Nella Meaning of Finola Meaning of Nola Meaning of Fionnuala Meaning of Nuala Meaning of Fionnghuala Meaning of Nora Meaning of Fionola Meaning of Finelia Meaning of Cornelia Meaning of Helen Meaning of Nell Meaning of Fiona Meaning of Fionna Meaning of Fionnula Meaning of Tiona Meaning of Fina Meaning of Finn Meaning of Tiana Meaning of Finn Meaning of Fíona
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