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Quick Facts on Finnbar

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Finnbar

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Finnbar

Finnbar is an Irish name, the Anglicization of Fionnbharr from the Irish-Gaelic elements “fionn” meaning “white, fair” and “barr” meaning “head”. It would have originated as a descriptive name in ancient Ireland for a fair-headed (blond) man. Fionnbharr is the name of several Irish saints, most notably the 6th century St. Fionnbarra who established the first monastery at Cork. As a baby, he was baptized with the name Lóchán but later given the moniker “Fionnbarr” from his fellow monks while a student in Kilkenny (because of his blonde hair). Finnbar must have lived an exciting life because he traveled to Rome on pilgrimage, he refused the Pope who wanted to ordain him a bishop (a vision told him only God could consecrate him), he chill-axed in Wales with St. David, he bopped over to Scotland for a spell to preach, he did some time as a hermit, he founded a monastery, and as if that wasn’t enough, during his down time he performed some miracles. For instance, when one of those pesky Irish serpents parked herself in Cork, all Finnbar had to do was douse the slithering beast with a bit of holy water. As the serpent slinked back into the sea, she left in her trail the River Lee. It was also said that a blinding glow emitted from St. Finnbar’s hand when he gave blessings; the radiance was apparently so bright that he had to wear a glove for the rest of his life. According to legend, at St. Finnbar’s death in 620 A.D., the sun did not set for two weeks. Apparently heaven was glad to see him! As the patron saint of Cork, Finnbar remains much beloved and celebrated – he even has his own ditty (A Hymn to Saint Finbarr) which implies our fair-headed holy man is also the patron saint of “naggins” (that’s Irish slang for hard alcohol). “You can keep St. George and his dragons / St. Pat with his shamrocks and snakes / For drinking the quarts and the naggins / St. Finbarr the trophy must take!”

Popularity of the Name Finnbar

Finnbar (also spelled Finbar, Finnbarr and Finbarr) is a pretty obscure Irish name, and one that is not commonly dispensed in the United States (or in Ireland anymore for that matter). To put it in perspective, in 2012 eight baby boys were given the name Finbar and five were called Finnbar. That’s thirteen kids out of almost two million baby boys born in 2012! We’re talking originality here, folks. While Finn and Finnegan have gained momentum in the United States in recent years, Finnbar is largely neglected. This is a name that has never made it to America’s Top 1000 list. Never. We’re guessing the 13 babies given this name in 2012 hail from Massachusetts – the state with the highest concentration of Irish-Americans.
Popularity of the Boy Name Finnbar
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Finnbar

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Finnbar

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Finnbar

    King Fionnbharr (Irish Mythology) Before there was Saint Finnbar of Cork in Ireland, there was King Fionnbharr, the leader of the Daoine Sídhe, a mythical Irish tribe descended from the People of Danu (Tuatha Dé Danann) who stayed in Ireland after the Milesians defeated the Tuatha Dé Danann. As the result of a pact between King Fionnbharr and the Milesians, the Daoine Sídhe were allowed to remain in Ireland provided they dwelled underground. They lived under the earthen mounds which dotted the Irish landscape, and they had the power to control critical aspects of the lives of mortal men above (healthy crops, prosperous times, success in battle). The Daoine Sídhe were both feared and respected in ancient Ireland, and their leader King Fionnbharr was generally depicted as a fair-haired, handsome and benevolent spirit. While the original Tuatha Dé Danann were celebrated pagan gods of ancient Ireland, the sub-tribe of the Daoine Sídhe evolved into fairy folk, a diminished version of their former selves as Christianity permeated Ireland. Eventually the revered saints of Ireland (such as St. Finnbar) would be invoked for protection rather than the spirit world as represented by King Fionnbharr’s people.

Personality of the Boy Name Finnbar

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Finnbar

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