Finn is a Scandinavian name, which derived from the Old Norse name Finnr. Besides, Finn is of Irish origin.
What does the name Finn mean?
Finn means “white”, “fair” (from Gaelic “fionn”) and “person from Finland”, “Finn”, “Sámi” or “wanderer” (from Old Norse “finnr”).
Nicknames and variants of the name Finn
There are various versions of the name Finn, such as Fynn, Fyn, Fin, Finley or Fionn, as well as Phinn or Phynn. In recent years, Finn has become increasingly popular as a girl’s name as well. However, female variants of the name Finn would be Finja, Fiona or Fionna. Common nicknames are Fy, Finny or Fini.
Finn or Fynn
Both ways of spelling – Finn or Fynn – are common, however, the spelling with “i” is more prevalent than with “y”.
Popular middle names
As Finn is a one syllable and short first name, it is often paired with a middle name. Popular middle names are Charlie, Isaiah, August, Oslo, Lincoln, Otis, Lennox, Rupert, Hayden, Everett or Gideon.
Finn in Irish mythology
In Irish mythology, Fionn mac Cumhaill was a legendary 3rd century hero, an Irish version of the English Robin Hood. Finn MacCumhail’s warrior followers were named Finians. The Irish-American Folk-Punk-Band “Dropkick Murphys” even released a song called “The Legend of Finn MacCumhail” (2001).
Famous people named Finn
The Canadian actor Finn Wolfhard (born 2002) is famous for his role as Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series “Stranger Things”. He also acted in the remake of the horror classic “It” (2017) and the Ghostbusters sequel “Ghostbusters Legacy” (2021). Additionally to his acting career, Finn Wolfhard is an aspiring musician with two bands, “The Aubreys” and “Calpurnia”.
Finn Jones, whose birth name is Terence Jones, is a 1988 born British actor known for his role as “Marvel’s Iron Fist”. He also acted in the famous series “Dickinson” und “Game of Thrones”. In 2022 he is acting alongside Diane Kruger in “Swimming with Sharks”.
2004 the Norwegian economist Finn Erling Kydland (born 1943) was awarded the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel alias the Nobel prize.
Finn in literature
The Mark Twain classic “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from 1884 is one the most important pieces of American literature to this date. Despite being nearly 150 years old, the story of Huckleberry Finn is still meaningful in today’s American society.
Finn of Castle Black is a ranger of the Night’s Watch of Castle Black in the book series “Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin. He is a side character in this series.
Fictional characters named Finn
FN-2187 alias Finn is a renegade stormtrooper in the “Star Wars” universe. Finn, played by the British actor John Boyega, first appears in “Star Wars Episode VII”. Finn was sold as a child and became a number in the stormtrooper system, therefore he does not have a last name.
The Disney Pixar “Cars” sequel “Cars 2” is the story of how Mater was recruited by the British spy Finn McMissile to infiltrate an organization of evil cars in order to save his best friend Lightning McQueen. In this sequel Mater and Finn, along with the sportscar lady Holly Shiftwell, are the main characters.
Finn Mertens, also known as Finn the Human, is a fictitious character from the American cartoon “Adventure Time”. Finn Mertens is voiced by American actor Jeremy Shada.
A major character in the American TV show “Glee” is Finn Hudson, played by Corey Monteith. With the death of actor Corey Monteith in 2013, the character Finn Hudson died as well. Season 4 was the last time he physically appeared on the show.
In the widely popular zombie apocalypse survival game “Resident Evil 6”, Finn Macauley is a non-playable character. His transformation into a zombie is an important part for the games story and the development of the main characters.