Finn


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse or Irish
Meaning: “Finnish”, or “blonde; white; fair; bright.”
Eng/Germ/Swe (FIN)

The name could either be from the Old Norse, Finnr, meaning “Finnish” or it could be an anglicized form of the Gaelic male name, Fionn meaning, “blonde; fair; white; bright.”

In Irish legend, the name was borne by Fionn mac Cumhail (English: Finn McCool) who became all-wise after eating a magical salmon. There are several different stories attributed to him, one of which was that his real name was Deimne but came to be known as Finn after his hair had turned prematurely white.

The name also appears in Beowulf as the name of a Frisian king.

Currently, Finn is the 4th most popular male name in Germany, (2011). His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 15 (Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 35 (Fionn, Ireland, 2010)
  • # 39 (German-speaking, Switzerland, 2010)
  • # 46 (Ireland, 2010)
  • # 52 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 74 (Australia, 2010)
  • # 80 (Fionn, Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 81 (Scotland, 2010)
  • # 300 (United States, 2010)

Other forms of Fionn include:

  • Finnagán (Irish)
  • Finnán (Irish)
  • Fionnán (Irish)
Other forms of the Old Norse Finn, include:
  • Finn (Dutch/English/Frisian/German/Scandinavian)
  • Finnur (Faroese/Icelandic)
A feminine form is Finna.
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