Fenella is a girl’s name of Irish origin. With Scottish, Welsh, and English roots, this feminine title can be initially traced as an anglicized variation on the Gaelic name Fionnuala. The name's meaning of “white shoulder” could be linked to a well-known use of the name in Irish culture, the folkloric tale of The Children of Lír. In this story, a curse is cast on four children, turning them into bright white swans and condemning them to an eternity on the chilly lakes of Ireland. A happy ending, the little ones are rescued from the curse and become human once again. Although the tale may be rooted in sadness, there are many positive attributes little Fenella can draw from the young swans. Owing to their poise, swans symbolize beauty in many European fairytales. What better creature to inspire elegance and grace in your little girl?
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