The ancestors of the Finnemore family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Finnemore was a name given to a person who was perceived to be splendid and very likable. The surname is derived from the Old French words fin,
for a very elegant man and amour,
which is means love.
Early Origins of the Finnemore family
The surname Finnemore was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Finnemore family
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Finnemore Spelling Variations
Finnemore has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Finnemore have been found, including Fennimore, Fenemere, Finimore, Finnimore, Fenimore, Fenimere, Finmore and many more.
Early Notables of the Finnemore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Finnemore family to the New World and Oceana
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 Finnemores to arrive on North American shores:
Finnemore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Finnemore, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1861
Contemporary Notables of the name Finnemore (post 1700)
- Martha Finnemore (b. 1959), American constructivist scholar of international relations and university professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University
- Joseph Finnemore (1860-1939), English illustrator and artist known for his many illustrations in various books
- Sir Donald Leslie Finnemore (1889-1974), British Liberal Party politician and judge
- John David Finnemore (b. 1977), British comedy writer and actor, best known for his radio sitcom Cabin Pressure and his radio sketch show John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
- John Finnemore (1863-1915), British school teacher and young reader writer of fictional novels and history and geography texts, known for his Teddy Lester Series