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Re: Origins of "Fennessey" & it's varied spellings
Posted by: Ed Pyeatt (ID *****0026) Date: March 28, 2002 at 10:03:31
In Reply to: Origins of "Fennessey" & it's varied spellings by Dena Denise Rush of 107

In my family, the name is spelled:Phinazee. Add that to the list of variations. From the Gaelic
we have: Fionn (pr."Finn"), meaning "fair, white,
beautiful, happy, famous. Gusa (pr. "goosa")
meaning "strong feeling, High spirits, vigor, inclination, desire". Combining the two, we get
Fionn ghusa (pr. "Finnusey"), gusa taking an "h"
in the combined form - with the "h", gusa becomes
ghusa, with the "gh" either silent or pr. "oo'.
Fionnghusa became, in time, Fennessey, Phinazee,
etc. I find Fionnghusa as a Munster family,
descended from Flanjus, Chief of a district near
Cashel. My ancestor, John Phinazee, came from Cork to Harris Co., GA, with his father, Hiram.
Both fought in the Amer. Revolution. I would bet
that most Phinazee's don't even know about thia
Forum site. That's a shame - we've got some
interesting stories to share. Go raibh maith
agaibh - 'gus Fionnghusa abu!
Ed


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