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Where did the English Finch family come from? What is the English Finch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Finch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Finch family history?The ancestors of the Finch family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Finch was a name given to a person who was referred to as a finch deriving from the small songbird's name. The surname may have also an occupational origin, denoting someone who caught and sold finches.
Finch has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Finch, Vinch, Vynch, Fynch, Vince, Vynche and others.
First found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finch research. Another 325 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1901, 1933, 1st , 1584, 1660, 1614, 1st , 1639, 1627, 1689, 1672, 1712, 1st , 1621, 1682, 1682, 1729, 1st , 1584, 1660, 1626 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Finch History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Finch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Finch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Finchs to arrive on North American shores:
Finch Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- Frances Finch settled in Virginia in 1620
- Frances Finch, who landed in Virginia in 1620
- Mary Finch, who landed in America in 1620
- Abraham Finch settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with his three sons
- Daniel Finch, who landed in New England in 1630
Finch Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Eliza Finch, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
- Roger Finch settled in Virginia with his sons William and Thomas in 1704
- Frantz Finch, who landed in New Jersey in 1709
- Andreas Finch, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
- Johann Wilhelm Finch, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
Finch Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Simon Finch, aged 55, arrived in Maine in 1812
- Hugh Finch, aged 40, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
- Johann Finch, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1847
- Phillip Finch, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847
- John Finch, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
Finch Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
- Marie Finch, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1902
- Katharine Finch, aged 14, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
- Konrad Finch, aged 57, landed in New York, NY in 1902
- Wilhelm Finch, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
- Jennifer Finch (b. 1966), American photographer and musician
- Robert Hutchison Finch (1925-1995), American Republican politician and 38th Lieutenant Governor of California
- Stanley Wellington Finch (1872-1951), American first director of the Bureau of Investigation, which would eventually become the FBI
- Charles Baker Finch (1920-1996), American businessman and lawyer, CEO of Allegheny Power System (1971 to 1985)
- George Finch (1888-1970), American chemist
- Alfred William Finch (1854-1930), Finnish painter
- Horace Finch (1906-1980), British pianist and organist
- Peter Finch (1916-1977), English actor perhaps best known for his role in "Network" as crazed television anchor man Howard Beale. He was posthumously nominated for and won a Best Actor Oscar for his role
- Charles Finch PC (1672-1712), 4th Earl of Winchilsea, British peer and Member of Parliament
- Sir Harold Josiah Finch (1898-1979), Welsh Labour Party politician
- Finch and Ashley, American Frontiersman, 1630-1977: A Finch and Ashley Genealogy, Including Allied Families of Main, Doe, Reynolds, Teneyck, Wagner, Low, Yoran, Shults, Snell, Bullis, et al., Plus Photographs, Obituaries, and Historical and Biographical Sketches by Ralph D. Finch.
- Finch Families of Dixie: 300 Years in the South by Ruby Finch.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
The Finch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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