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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fen
Low land overflowed, or covered wholly or partially with water, but producing sedge, coarse grasses, or other aquatic plants; boggy land; moor; marsh.

Note: Fen is used adjectively with the sense of belonging to, or of the nature of a fen or fens.

Etymology: AS. fen fenn, marsh, mud, dirt; akin to D. veen, OFries. fenne fene, OHG. fenna, G. fenn, Icel. fen, Goth. fani mud

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  1. Low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water ("the fens of eastern England")
  2. 100 fen equal 1 yuan in China

From Old English fenn, from Proto-Germanic *fanją (compare West Frisian fean, Dutch veen, Norwegian fen, German Fenn), from Proto-Indo-European *pen (“bog, mire”). Compare Middle Irish en (“water”), enach (“swamp”), Old Prussian pannean (“peat-bog”), Sanskrit पङ्क (paṅka, “marsh, mud, mire, slough”).

  1. A type of wetland fed by ground water and runoff, containing peat below the waterline.

From fan, by analogy with men as the plural of man.

  1. (dated, fandom slang) fans; a plural form used by enthusiasts of science fiction, fantasy, and anime, partly from whimsy and partly to distinguish themselves from fans of sport, etc.

    fen was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Chuukese, Dalmatian, Friulian, Hungarian, Istriot, Lojban, Mandarin, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, and Turkish

    Notable Persons Named Fen

    Fen was born on August 25th, 1976 in Shandong.


    Fen was born on January 2nd, 1967.


    Fen was born on May 25th, 1891 in Nagambie. He died on April 25th, 1915.


    Fen Cresswell was a cricketer. Fen was born on March 22nd, 1915. He passed away on January 10th, 1966.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Fen

    Vitaly was born in 1947 in Tashkent.


    Yang was born on July 31st, 1982 in Hubei.


    Wu was born on April 7th, 1989.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Fen U.S.
      White 44.72% 64.26%
      African American 13.82% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 32.52% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 5.69% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Fen

    People with the last name Fen are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Fen

    • How Popular is the name Fen? As a last name Fen was the 136,449th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Fen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Fen is Tuesday, August 11th, 1885.
    • How unique is the name Fen? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Fen. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Fen: Your name in reverse order is Nef. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Efn. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Fen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 123 people with the last name Fen.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fen? Fen is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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