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The fen element of the name means 'marsh' and is a reference to the wetlands along the Stream. March is an old word for 'borderland' - a reference to the border with Gondor - and has the same derivation as Mark, a name for the whole country of Rohan.
Note that Tolkien writes in his translation notes to The Lord of the Rings that on reflection he would have preferred the form Fenmark, to the extent that he recommended this alternative version for translated versions of the book.