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Gender: F Meaning of Fenella: "white-shouldered one" Origin of Fenella: Celtic

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More unusual than Fiona and more user-friendly than Fionnuala, the engaging Scottish Fenella, has been scarcely heard in this country.

Fenella first became known outside of Ireland when Sir Walter Scott used it for the character Finella Christian in his novel Peveril of the Peak.

Finola is another underused Anglicization of Fionnuala.

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Famous People Named Fenella

Fenella of Fettercairn, possibly legendary assassin of the 10th-century Scottish king Kenneth II
Fenella Fielding, b. 1927, English actress
Fenella Woolgar, b. 1969, English actress
Princess Anne of Denmark (born Lady Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon), 1917-1980, a niece of the Queen Mother

Pop Culture References for the Name Fenella

Fenella Christian, character from 'Peveril of the Peak' (1823)
Fenella Feverfew, from Jill Murphy's 'Worst Witch' books (1974-2007)
'Fenella Phizackerley' (1970), novel by Margaret Forster (from the book: 'Jordan had never known a Fenella. It was light and soft and pretty')
Fenella - heroine in Barbara Cartland's book The Penniless Peer
Fenella - Suze's cousin in the Shopoholic book series

Fennella, Finella, Finola, Fionnuala, Fionola, Fynella