Finn Name Meaning

The name Finn is associated with many different meanings, but the most common is “fair” or “white.” It is also associated with the Old Norse meaning “wanderer” or “wanderer’s son.” The name is also seen as a symbol of strength, courage, and bravery due to its mythical roots.

Origins of the Name Finn

The name Finn is of Irish, Scottish, and Old Norse origin, derived from the Gaelic word “fionn” which means “fair” or “white.” It is also an anglicized form of the Old Norse name “Finnr” which means “wanderer” or “wanderer’s son.”

Finn is a popular name due to its mythical roots. The name is associated with the legendary Irish hero Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) of the Fenian Cycle. The Fenian Cycle is a collection of ancient Irish tales which tell the story of a mythical band of warriors and their leader, Finn McCool. The stories tell of their adventures, battles, and heroic deeds.

Popularity of the Name Finn

The name Finn has been popular throughout history and across different cultures. It is particularly popular in Ireland and Scotland, and in recent years has become a popular choice for English-speaking countries. In the United States, it has been in the top 50 most popular boy’s names since 2011.

Final Thoughts on the Name Finn

Finn is a popular name with roots in Ireland, Scotland, and Old Norse. Its meaning is associated with “fair” or “white” as well as “wanderer” or “wanderer’s son.” Its popularity has grown steadily in English-speaking countries in recent years, and it is often seen as a symbol of strength and courage.

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Finn Name Popularity

How popular is the name Finn? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 0 0%
1989 0 0%
1990 0 0%
1991 0 0%
1992 0 0%
1993 0 0%
1994 0 0%
1995 0 0%
1996 1,881 14 0.0009%
1997 2,060 11 0.0007%
1998 1,218 51 0.0034%
1999 1,085 75 0.005%
2000 838 140 0.0092%
2001 786 166 0.011%
2002 826 152 0.0101%
2003 652 263 0.0173%
2004 572 348 0.0228%
2005 529 422 0.0276%
2006 460 549 0.0351%
2007 391 744 0.0472%
2008 364 816 0.0528%
2009 341 891 0.0596%
2010 300 1,067 0.074%
2011 300 1,071 0.0752%
2012 285 1,208 0.0848%
2013 246 1,444 0.1014%
2014 229 1,575 0.1081%
2015 206 1,898 0.1304%
2016 174 2,289 0.1588%
2017 167 2,365 0.1694%
2018 166 2,309 0.1681%
2019 171 2,227 0.1645%
2020 182 2,047 0.1608%
2021 184 2,074 0.1697%
2022 178 2,070 0.1569%

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What names are variants of Finn?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Finn.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Fin

Fair; from Finland

Irish

Fingal

Fair; from Finland

Irish

Fingall

Fair; from Finland

Irish

Fionn

White or fair head; fair; from Finland

Irish


What names sound like Finn?

If you like how Finn sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Finn.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Fain

Happy, joyous

English

Faine

Happy, joyous

English

Fane

Happy, joyous

English

Vann

Of

Danish

Vin

Prevailing

Latin

Vinny

Prevailing

Latin

Vonn

Of; hope

Scandinavian

Win

Elf or magical being, friend; joyful stone

English

Winn

Joyful stone; friend

English

Wynn

Friend

English


What names are similar to Finn?

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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Finlay

Fair-haired courageous one

Irish


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Siblings of Finn

Mamas with kids named Finn also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Karlee

Free man

Latin

Khloe

Green sprout

Greek

Maxwell

Mack's stream

English

Stella

Celestial star

Latin

Astrid

Fair, beautiful goddess

Scandinavian

Francisco

From France

Spanish

19 Comments

  1. Finn is short for Finnegan. We wanted an Irish name, 3 syllable full name with 1 syllable nickname (family trend)

  2. I dreamt about him

    • what….

  3. No particular reason for choosing except that we liked the name.

  4. Love his name, represents daddy in fly fishing but also represents his water sign (Cancer)

  5. Our sons name is Finnick Warren but Finnick wasn’t an option to pick from. We have a daughter who is 10.5 and we’ve tried for 8 years and didn’t think I could get pregnant, so we thought we would never have him! We tried coming up with boy names for years so we would be prepared in case it ever did happen and could never find anything we liked. We found out I was pregnant and we loved the name Finn but wanted something longer and wanted to use Finn for a nickname. Not long after our gender reveal my mom called me (on her birthday) and suggested Finnick! We loved it and my husband’s name is Nick so we loved that I had his name in it too! We also all love the hunger game movies and Finnick Odair was one of my favorite characters! It fits him perfectly and I’m so glad my mom suggested it!

    • My baby was born in May and named him Finnick Aaron ? I am in love with it and having Finn as a nickname. You are the first person I have come across that has also named their baby Finnick!

  6. It was the first boy name me and my husband both really liked!

  7. Strong, short, Irish name. Finny as a cute nickname. Sounds great with big brother Jack.

  8. We chose the name Finn because we liked it. We knew we wanted to use the family name of Theodore as our son’s middle name so we wanted something short, unique but not unheard of and strong and for us Finn fit the bill.
    There is nothing I dislike about his name. I feel like it fits him well.

  9. We loved the simplicity of the name and the fact that it is Scandinavian. My husband is American with Scandinavian descent and wanted our kids to have a unique name like his. We both did not want to have a top 100 name, even though Finn is becoming very popular now!

      • Actually, the name has Irish and Scandinavian heritage. But thanks anyway!

      • It is also Finnish, meaning “from Finland.”

  10. I loved the sound/meaning of this name from the start. After I told it to my mom, I saw a boy at the doctors office named Finn. Then I told my sister this at the beach later that week, and we got talking to a boy and his grandma, the boy’s name is Finn. I told this story to one of my coworkers, her brothers name is Finn and lastly, I told all this to a friend, and that night, watched a random YouTube video about two little brothers, the younger brothers’ name was Finn! In short, it was meant to be!

  11. We named our son Finn Theodore. Finn we just loved. And Theodore is my husbands middle name, a family name.

    • The name Finn is for sure a Danish/Swedish/Norwegian and finnish name. Many people claim than Finn is an Irish
      name, but Its very possible that it was born in Ireland too independently. Why not it consist of only 3 letters, so I dont like that somebody take Finn out of a scandinavian origin. The name by the way occurs also in Iceland and the Faroe Islands in many variations.
      Finn de Blanck . Denmark

      • Guess you’ve never heard the song “Finn MacCool” sung by the Dropkick Murphy’s about the Irish **legend**… look it up, its’ very much an Irish name, too.

      • There was a strong viking presence in Ireland throughout history so it may be that it was brought over, however, yes Fionn/Finn is most certainly an Irish name and Finn McCool is a hero of Irish mythology.


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