Finny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Finny 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 Finny family

The surname Finny 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 Finny family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finny research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1541, 1551, 1640, and 1678 are included under the topic Early Finny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Finny Spelling Variations

Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Finny are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Finney, Feeney, Finnay, Finny, Fynnie, Fynney, Feenay, Feeny, Feaney, Feanay, Feany and many more.

Early Notables of the Finny family (pre 1700)

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


United States Finny migration to the United States +

The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Finny:

Finny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Finny, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
Finny Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Arnot Finny, who landed in New England in 1702 [1]
  • Alexander Finny, who landed in Virginia in 1755 [1]
Finny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Finny, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Daniel Finny, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1839 [1]
  • James Finny, who settled in Renews-Cape in 1871

Canada Finny migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Finny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Finny, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • John Eleazar Finny, who arrived in Canada in 1839


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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