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Where did the English Fincher family come from? What is the English Fincher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fincher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fincher family history?

Fincher is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fincher family lived in the town of Fincham in Norfolk. The name of this place derives from the Old English word finc, which means finch, and ham, which means homestead.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Fincher are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fincher include Fincham, Finchamsted, Finchamstead, Finchem, Finshaw, Finsher and many more.

First found in Warwickshire where they were granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally they were descended from Robert Achard, the tutor of King Henry I, who was granted five manors in the county of Berkshire by his liege lord, one of these manors being Finchamstede or Finchamstead. It is believed that Robert's descendants in that manor became the Lords of Fincham.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fincher research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1582 is included under the topic Early Fincher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Fincher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Fincher, or a variant listed above:

Fincher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Fincher, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Francis Fincher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Fincher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Fincher, who arrived in New York in 1845

Fincher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Fincher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848


  • William Allen "Bill" Fincher (1894-1946), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jack Fincher (d. 2002), American screenwriter and journalist
  • Charles Pugsley Fincher (b. 1945), American cartoonist and lawyer
  • William E. "Bill" Fincher (1896-1978), American football player and coach
  • Alfred William Fincher (b. 1983), American football linebacker
  • Stephen Lee Fincher (b. 1973), the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 8th congressional district
  • David Andrew Leo Fincher (b. 1962), American film director and music video director and recipient of a Golden Globe award
  • Mr. William Fincher, British Chief Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Terry Fincher (1931-2008), award-winning British photojournalist
  • Charles "Charlie" Fincher (1892-1915), Australian rules footballer



  • Fincher in the USA, 1683-1900 by Evelyn Davis and Ann Wilson Fincher.

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The Fincher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fincher 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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