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

The name Fenella is a girl's name of Celtic origin meaning "white-shouldered one". Fenella and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Aristocratic Generation CAF 4 (namebanks, quiz, choice)".

From the experts:

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, English actress
Fenella Woolgar, English actress
Fenella Kernebone, Australian TV presenter
Fenella Ephraim Mukangara, Tanzanian politician
Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon, Princess of Denmark, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II

Pop Culture References for the name Fenella

Fenella Christian, character in 'Peveril of the Peak' (1823)
Fenella Feverfew, character 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')
Fenella, main character in Barbara Cartland's book The Penniless Peer
Fenella, Suze's cousin in the Shopoholic book series

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