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Quick Facts on Flynn

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 664
Simple meaning:
Reddish, ruddy

Characteristics of Flynn

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Flynn

Flynn is an anglicized form of an old Irish clan name Ó Floinn (descendent of Flann) whereby Flann developed as a nickname, from the Gaelic meaning “reddish, ruddy” in reference to a person’s hair or complexion. The name was most famously borne by a late 9th century / early 10th century Irish king, Flann Sinna (Eng: Flynn of Shannon); a descended of the southern Uí Néill sept. Flann became King of Mide (central Ireland) and was later appointed as High King of Ireland (King of Tara) during a period of Irish history variously marked by both alliances and plundering/hostage taking among the various kingdoms, as well as the destructive presence of Viking raiders and colonizers. Flann’s father, Máel Sechnaill, had successfully defended his territory against the King of Osraige and later forced the kingdom Munster into submission, as well. He then turned his sights to the kingdoms of Ulaid to the north, Connacht to the east and Leinster to the south. As a result, Máel Sechnaill was referred to as “king of all Ireland” at his death. His son, Flann Sinna, became self-styled “king of all Ireland” shortly after his father’s death. Most of the opposition came from the southern Uí Néill’s kinsmen to the north; typically the High King of Tara title would alternate between the Uí Néills to the south and then to then to the north. Flann Sinna ended up succeeding his northern cousin rather than his own father, but not without some of that Irish bloodshed first. Flynn and O’Flynn remain popular surnames in Ireland today and only recently has Flynn come into usage as a masculine given name; in fact, Flynn is a very popular boy’s name among English speakers down under in the Southern Hemisphere, i.e., Australia and New Zealand.

Popularity of the Name Flynn

Flynn has only been on the U.S. Top 1000 since 2011 making this name one of the latest entrants into the panoply of American masculine names. Now suddenly he’s “in like Flynn”. And we think we know why. British actor Orlando Bloom and his Australian supermodel wife Miranda Kerr named their son Flynn Christopher Bloom in January 2011. While the name was already a favorite in Australia, the high-profile celebrity couple managed to get the word out in the United States. Flynn is still a low-ranking name in America but he does fit a couple naming trends currently popular in the U.S. First, American parents are most guilty of mimicking what celebrities do, right down to naming their babies. Two, Flynn is both Irish and a surname – two naming styles American parents find appealing. Flynn is a cute name; it’s reminiscent of Finn or Finnegan. In fact, Flannigan is the diminutive of Flynn and could be even another Irish moniker to consider.
Popularity of the Boy Name Flynn
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Flynn

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Flynn

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Flynn

    Flynn We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Flynn.

  • Popular Songs on Flynn

    Popular Songs on Flynn

    In Like Flynn - a song by The Indulgers

    In Like Flynn - a song by Flynn Adam

    Sean Flynn - a song by The Clash

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Flynn

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Flynn

    Flynn Saves the Day (Rev. W. Awdry) - From the Thomas & Friends “Step into Reading” series. Sodor's newest star, Flynn the fire engine, arrives just in time to help Percy put out a fire and save Thomas. Little boys ages 3-6 will thrill to this Step 1 SIR based on the newest Thomas & Friends direct-to-DVD movie, Day of the Diesels. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Flynn

    Famous People Named Flynn

    Famous People Named Flynn - Flynn Robinson (basketball player); Flynn Adam (hip-hop artist and rapper)

  • Children of Famous People Named Flynn

    Children of Famous People Named Flynn

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Flynn - Orlando Bloom (actor); Miranda Kerr (Victoria’s Secret model); James Earl Jones (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Flynn - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Flynn

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Flynn

  • No Variations Found.
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