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Quick Facts on Finn

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Irish, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 250
Simple meaning:
Fair-haired, brilliant white, light-hued

Characteristics of Finn

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Finn

First and foremost, Finn is thought of as an Irish name. Fionn mac Cumhaill (anglicized to Finn MacCool) was a mythical hunter-warrior from Irish mythology and whose followers (the Fianna) lived apart from society as bandits and hunters called upon by kings in times of war. Essentially, the Fianna were the king’s bodyguards (the "special forces" of ancient Ireland, so to speak) and Finn was their captain. Finn MacCool was a hero of legendary proportions in Irish folklore. He was renowned as a warrior, but also glorified for his wisdom, bravery and handsomely fair good-looks. Legend has it that Finn acquired his wisdom by touching the “salmon of knowledge” and then sucking his thumb. This gave him the ability to see into the future so that he was able to defend against enemies, protect his homeland and bring great prominence to the Fianna. In fact, it is argued that Finn MacCool and his Fianna were the precursors to the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Finn is sometimes used for girls, but it is essentially a male name. Fiona is the female version of this name, invented by a Scottish poet. Aside from Finn’s clear connection to Ireland, it has two other possible etymological origins. It could be considered a Scandinavian name, from the Old Norse Finnr which meant ‘person from Finland’ (the male name Finn is currently the 15th most popular name in the Netherlands and Finn/Fynn is ranked #4 in Germany 2010). Lastly, Finn could also be used by parents in homage to one of the greatest (if not the greatest) American literary figures: Huckleberry Finn.

Popularity of the Name Finn

Finn continues to maintain high rankings in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as Scotland and Australia. It’s baffling to us that the name didn’t appear on the U.S. popularity charts until very recently in the year 2000. We guess that America just got the memo when it comes to this Irish charmer. Similarly, the diminutive of Finn, Finnegan, also did not debut on the U.S. popularity charts until 2005. In any case, we’re glad to see this Irish mythological classic finally hit the American list of boy names. Finn continues to climb the charts and has advanced about 700 positions in ten short years. This name is definitely underused which keeps it an original choice. Plus, it’s an excellent name for a boy of Irish descent or for parents of a fair-haired boy. Whether you’re a fan of Irish folklore, Finland or the irrepressible Huckleberry Finn – Finn is a multifaceted name of simplicity. A strong and confident one-syllable name, Finn has pocket-sized punch.
Popularity of the Boy Name Finn
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Finn

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Finn

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Finn

    Huckleberry Finn (Huckleberry Finn) Huckleberry "Huck" Finn is one of the most beloved characters of American fiction and the title character of Mark Twain’s classic novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in 1885 as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Even Ernest Hemingway so highly regarded this novel as to say: “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry’s the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." Starting life as the son of a lower class, illiterate ne’er-do-well, young Finn is the subject of a “civilizing” attempt by the Widow Douglas at the opening of the book, when he is 13 years old. The story takes place against the backdrop of the Mississippi River, where Huck (escaping both “civilization” and his drunken father), and the runaway slave, Jim, share an endless menu of hilarious adventures. Unlike his middle class friend, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn comes from a lower stratum of society, and is closer to Jim’s reality. With a keen logic for one so young, he figures out that he and Jim actually share a certain fate from which they are both running away. Jim is looked upon as someone’s property, and in that society therefore, helping him escape is a sin. Huck Finn, however, comes to understand the innate error of the institution of slavery and as he gets to know Jim and his story, his healthy inclination to question authority leads him to the realization of his and Jim’s common humanity. Yes, Huckleberry Finn needs a good bath and a grueling course in grammar, but his heart and soul are exactly right.

  • Popular Songs on Finn

    Popular Songs on Finn

    The Legend of Finn MacCumhail - a song by Dropkick Murphys

    The Youth of Finn Mac Cool - a sing by DoomSword

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Finn

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Finn

    Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill (Tomie DePaola) - Fin M'Coul's wife, Oonagh, helps him outwit his arch rival, Cucullin. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Finn McCool and the Great Fish (Eve Bunting) - Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He’s a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the farmers bring in the hay. And everyone in the village of Drumnahoon admires him. “He’s the best-hearted man that ever walked on Ireland’s green grass.” But for all his strength, courage, and goodness, there’s one thing that Finn lacks. He’s just not smart. And he knows it. When a wise man living in a nearby village tells Finn about a magical red salmon with the wisdom of the world, Finn sets out to catch the fish. And he learns a thing or two about himself in the process. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Finn the half-Great (Theo Caldwell) - The story of a time when giants roamed the earth. Finn the half-Great tells the story of Ireland’s most beloved heroes with humor and heart. Finn McCool, at fourteen feet, thinks he is the tallest thing in the Emerald Isle. That is, until he ventures outside his childhood valley. Finn soon discovers that ancient Britain is a land of giants, dragons, wizards, and men, in which he is only one little fellow. Despite treating those about him as decently as he can, Finn finds he has enemies all over. Even before he was born, cruel creatures known as the Frost Giants killed Finn’s father and tried to do away with his mother. When Finn learns what befell his parents, his first order of business is to seek out the Frost Giants and take revenge. Steeped in legend, Finn the half-Great is completely thrilling as it introduces an unforgettable character and adventures both ancient and new. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Finn Throws a Fit! (David Elliott) - Who among us hasn't encountered that force of nature called "a fit"? A best-selling author and illustrator depict a toddler’s tantrum in all its horror and hilarity. Finn likes peaches. Usually. But not today. Today Finn doesn’t like anything. Uh-oh. Is Finn going to throw a fit? Author David Elliott directs the event with wit, warmth, and appropriate wariness, while illustrator Timothy Basil Ering’s energy and whimsy match this tantrum turn for turn. At once empathetic and uproariously funny, this picture book speaks directly to anyone (young or old) who has ever had — or tried to contain — a real earth-quaking, ground-shaking, full-on fit. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) - Mark Twain's classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, tells the story of a teenaged misfit who finds himself floating on a raft down the Mississippi River with an escaping slave, Jim. In the course of their perilous journey, Huck and Jim meet adventure, danger, and a cast of characters who are sometimes menacing and often hilarious. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Finn

    Famous People Named Finn

    Famous People Named Finn - Finn E. Kydland (Nobel Prize winner, economics); Finn Dossing (soccer player); Finn Seeman (soccer player); Finn Willy Sorensen (soccer player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Finn

    Children of Famous People Named Finn

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Finn - Autumn Reeser (actress); Jane Leeves (actress); Zen Gesner (actor); Tori Spelling (actress/author); Dean McDermott (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Finn - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Finn - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Finn.

Personality of the Boy Name Finn

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Finn

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