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The Irish surname Finner originally appeared in Gaelic as O Finn, from the word "fionn," which means "fair."

Finner Early Origins



The surname Finner was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. One of the first records of the name was Aed Finn, an Irish musician who died 1269. His obituary listed him as a master of music and minstrelsy.

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Finner Spelling Variations


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Finner Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Finner are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Finn, O'Finn, Maginn, Fynn, O'Fynn and others.

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Finner Early History


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Finner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finner research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1020 and 1369 are included under the topic Early Finner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Finner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finner Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Finner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Finner or a variant listed above: Teage Finn, who arrived at Bristol, RI in 1679; John and Philip Finn, who both came to Virginia in 1698; Hannah Finn, who is on record in Boston in 1744.

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