The earliest origins of the family name Fynche date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was referred to as a finch deriving from the small songbird's name. The surname may have also an occupational
origin, denoting someone who caught and sold finches. CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Early Origins of the Fynche family
The surname Fynche was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
at Redheath. Conjecturally the name became established as Finch by Vincent Herbert of Winchelsea, who by a strange combination of Vincent and Winch of Winchelsea, bore the alias of Finch, and became the Earl of Winchelsea, having the Christian name of Finch.
"Vincent Herbert of Winchelsea, 20 Edward I. [(during the twentieth year of Edward I's reign)] bore the alias of Finch. The early pedigree of the Earl of Winchelsea's family is very obscure. Their former surname was Herbert, and one of the earliest if not the first who was known as Finch was this very Vincent. In Sussex the baptismal name Vincent is often corrupted to Winch or Vinch." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Fynche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fynche research.Another 390 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1273, 1379, 1901, 1933, 1584, 1660, 1614, 1639, 1627, 1689, 1672, 1712, 1711, 1712, 1704, 1705, 1702, 1705, 1628, 1698, 1621, 1682, 1682, 1729, 1626, 1682, 1649, 1719 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Fynche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fynche Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fynche include Finch, Vinch, Vynch, Fynch, Vince, Vynche and others.
Early Notables of the Fynche family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Finch, 1st Baron
Finch (1584-1660), an English judge and politician, Speaker of the House of Commons; Sir Moyle Finch (1614-?), 1st Earl of Winchilsea; his son Thomas Finch (d. 1639), 2nd Earl of Winchilsea; Sir Heneage Finch (c.1627-1689), 3rd Earl of Winchilsea... Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fynche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fynche family to Ireland
Some of the Fynche family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fynche family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Abraham Finch who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with his three sons; Benjamin Finch settled in Barbados in 1678 with his wife and his daughter.
The Fynche Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.