The name is a modern form of the Old Norse male name, Arnfinnr, which is composed of the elements, arn (eagle) and finn (Finn; Sami). In ancient Nordic culture, the people Finnic people were believed to possess magical powers, due to their shamanic associations. Hence, the finn element of a name was believed to bring luck and protection to the bearer.
As of 2010, Annfinn was the 8th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands.
Other forms of the name include:
Arnfinnr (Old Norse)
Feminine forms include the Icelandic, Arnfinna and the Norwegian, Anfine.
Gender: Masculine Origin: Old Norse Meaning: “wood eagle; forest eagle or; wide or large eagle.”
This trendy Swedish and Norwegian male name is derived from the Old Norse Arnviðr which is composed of the elements arnmeaning eagle and viðr either meaning “wood” or “forest” or “wide; large.” The name currently ranks in Sweden and Norway’s top 100 male names. In Norway, he came in at a wopping # 5 for 2008, meanwhile in Sweden, he came in at # 27. The name seems to be rising, as in the previous year of Sweden’s top 100 list of 2007, Arvid was down a few spots at # 30. He has a cool and gothic vibe like the rising Atticus, so a name like this could very well catch on in the States. Hey, you never know. Its designated name day in Sweden is August 31, while in Norway its April 1st.