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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.

Finan Early Origins



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.

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Finan Spelling Variations


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Finan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Finan, O'Finan, Ofinan, Finane and others.

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Finan Early History


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Finan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finan research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1901 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Finan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Finan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Finan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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 [1]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, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finan (post 1700)


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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)
  • 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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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The Finan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finan 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.

This page was last modified on 19 September 2016 at 10:14.

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