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The roots of the Finnan 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.

Finnan Early Origins



The surname Finnan 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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Finnan Spelling Variations


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Finnan Spelling Variations



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

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Finnan Early History


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Finnan Early History



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

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Finnan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finnan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Finnan 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:

Finnan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Finnan, aged 48, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Finnan arrived in New York State in 1846
  • Jim Finnan, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Timothy Finnan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Thomas Finnan, who landed in America in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finnan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finnan (post 1700)



  • Henry Finnan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County 2nd District, 1920
  • Aengus Finnan (b. 1972), Canadian/Irish born, folk singer

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Finnan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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    The Finnan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finnan 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 7 October 2015 at 11:40.

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