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The name Finnie originally appeared in Gaelic as O Fiannaidhe. This name, which was O Feinneadha in its earlier form, refers to a soldier.

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Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Finnie that are preserved in documents of the family history are Finney, Feeney, Finnay, Finny, Fynnie, Fynney, Feenay, Feeny, Feaney, Feanay, Feany and many more.

First found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and where their territories were Ballyfeeney and in Roscommon. Moving north into Ulster the name became Finney. This branch also moved into southwest Scotland from about the 15th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finnie research. Another 415 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1541, 1551, 1640, and 1678 are included under the topic Early Finnie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Finnie:

Finnie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Finnie, who landed in Virginia in 1724

Finnie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Finnie settled in New York State in 1821 with four children
  • Mary Finnie, aged 40, landed in New York, NY in 1821
  • John Finnie, who landed in Michigan in 1855

Finnie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Finnie was a planter of Wester Bay, Newfoundland in 1834
  • John Finnie settled in St. John's in 1871

Finnie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Jessie Finnie, aged 17, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

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  • Thomas Finnie, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Kendall County, 1862
  • John Finnie, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 1st District, 1911-12
  • William Finnie, American mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia (1783 to 1784)
  • Roger Finnie (b. 1945), American NFL football offensive tackle
  • William Finnie (1827-1899), Scottish liberal politician and member of parliament
  • Ross Finnie (b. 1947), Scottish politician
  • Linda Finnie (b. 1952), Scottish mezzo-soprano
  • Dave Finnie (1883-1967), Canadian ice hockey goaltender, Stanley Cup winner


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  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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The Finnie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finnie 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 11:44.

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