"white-shouldered one"

Fenella Origin and Meaning

The name Fenella is a girl's name of Celtic origin meaning "white-shouldered one".

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 Fettercairnpossibly legendary assassin of the 10th,century Scottish King Kenneth II
  • Fenella FieldingEnglish actress
  • Fenella WoolgarEnglish actress
  • Fenella KerneboneAustralian TV presenter
  • Fenella Ephraim MukangaraTanzanian politician
  • Anne Ferelith Fenella BowesLyon, Princess of Denmark, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II

Fenella in Pop Culture

  • Fenella Christiancharacter in 'Peveril of the Peak' (1823)
  • Fenella Feverfewcharacter in Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch series
  • 'Fenella Phizackerley' (1970)novel by Margaret Forster (from the book: 'Jordan had never known a Fenella. It was light and soft and pretty')
  • Fenellamain character in Barbara Cartland's book The Penniless Peer
  • FenellaSuze's cousin in the Shopoholic book series