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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.

Early Origins of the Finnie family

The surname Finnie was 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.

Early History of the Finnie family

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Finnie Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Finnie family (pre 1700)

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Finnie Ranking

In the United States, the name Finnie is the 15,198th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Finnie migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Finnie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Finnie, who settled in New York State in 1821 with four children
  • Mary Finnie, aged 40, who landed in New York, NY in 1821 [2]
  • John Finnie, who landed in Michigan in 1855 [2]

Canada Finnie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Finnie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Finnie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Finnie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Finnie, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [4]

New Zealand Finnie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Finnie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Finnie, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [5]
  • Mrs. Jessie Finnie, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [5]
  • Mr. Edward Finnie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir George Pollock" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in January 1863 [5]
  • Jessie Finnie, aged 17, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Finnie (post 1700) +

  • William Finnie, American mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia (1783 to 1784)
  • Roger Finnie (b. 1945), American NFL football offensive tackle
  • Thomas Finnie, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Kendall County, 1862 [7]
  • John Finnie, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 1st District, 1911-12 [7]
  • 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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