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

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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Pop Culture References for the name Fenella

Fionola, Finella, Fionnuala, Fynella, Finola, Fennella


Eliane Says:


Fenella means pullover in Bulgarian so this is too weird for me...

Holbs Says:


I first came across this name in a J. Peterman catalog and loved it. However, I've since been told when I've asked for opinions that it sounds too much like "vanilla"

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I know a girl called Fenella, and I think it's really pretty! It's also very unusual, even here in Scotland. I've only heard it once.

LittleHeifer02 Says:


Fenella sounds adorable. Especially with the nicknames Nellie or Fen.

lesliemarion Says:


I too dislike ella endings as too familiar, but this name is incredibly refreshing and strong sounding. I love its nicknames of Nella and Fenna too.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I like this name, although I am not usually keen on "ella" endings.