The roots of the Finan surname in Ireland
are somewhat unclear; it seems that the name was both native Irish Gaelic, and Norman. The Gaelic name "ó Fionnáin" seems to be derived from Gaelic word "fionn, "which means "fair." This Gaelic name has been Anglicized as Finan and Fanning, both of which are also Norman names that came to Ireland
in the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Finan family
The surname Finan was first found in County Mayo
(Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they were of the Hy Fiachrach Sept. One notable bearer of the personal name
who lived several centuries prior to the introduction of hereditary surnames
was St. Finan (Finan of Lindisfarne) who died in 661 AD, and achieved repute for his missionary work in England
. He was Bishop of Lindisfarne (651-661) and he converted the kings Sigebert of Essex
and Peada of the Middle Angles to Christianity.
Early History of the Finan family
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Finan Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Finan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Finan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Finan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Finan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Finan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Michael Finan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Finan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Ann Finan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
- Thomas Finan, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
Contemporary Notables of the name Finan (post 1700)
- Brigadier General Sandra E. Finan, American Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico
- Joseph Albert "Joe" Finan (1927-2006), American radio show host from Butler, Pennsylvania
- Richard H. Finan (b. 1934), American Republican politician, Member of the Ohio Senate (1978-2002) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2013, August 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- John Finan (1898-1984), Irish Clann na Talmhan politician
- Nick Finan (b. 1954), former English cricketer
- Robert Joseph "Bobby" Finan (1912-1983), Scottish professional football forward