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In the form of Fenec, this surname can be found on the Militia Roster of 1417.

Almost certainly from the Arabic (and Maltese) fenek meaning "rabbit", it could also come from the Arabic fanak, meaning "fox". Though some may claim a connection with the ancient colonisers of Malta, the Phoenicians, it is a tentative one at best.

Rabbits in heraldry refer to those who are strong of faith, as well as a symbol of love, beauty, and fertility.

An image linked to a dedicated page about the Maltese surname Fenech. Also known as Fenek.
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