Finnegan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Finnegan
Origin of the name Finnegan:
Transferred use of the surname, which is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó Fionnagáin (des-cendant of Fionnagán). Fionnagán is a diminutive form of Fionn (fair): hence, “little fair one.” Var: Finnegan, Finigan. Short: Fin, Finn. Pet: Finny.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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I have a son named Finnegan. Finnegan is family surname. We did have some 'are you sure?' comments when I was pregnant but not many; I have had nothing but rave reviews since and even a comment by a pregnant stranger that she was putting the name on her list. The main negative I get is that the name is long (I always thought this comment was a bit silly though). He is a mischievous young man now (well, the name really sounds impish doesn't it? So, I suppose he grew into it) and very popular; the girls tend to love his name for some reason. He goes by Finnegan or Finn - Finny is what I call him, but ONLY I am allowed the privilege.
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I also have a son named Finnegan after Joyce's last novel. He isn't quite a year. When I named my son, no one had the name and everyone scoffed. Since that time, I've met 7 Finns and of course there's Glee. Isn't that always the way? Anyway, I love the name and would never change it. Also, I must agree that chicks seem to dig it. Everywhere we go, women fawn over my little blonde, blue-eyed, devilish little Finn! =-)
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Joe Biden has a granddaughter named Finnegan.
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Casey and Finnegan are puppets on a children's show Mr. Dressup.
Finnegan's Wake is the title of one of the top 100 English language novels of the 20th century, and a famous Celtic folk song.
Finnegan Bell, Ethan Hawke's character in the movie "Great Expectations".
♪♫ THERE ONCE WAS A MAN NAMED MICHAEL FINNEGAN...
...HE HAD SOME WHISKERS ON HIS CHINNEGAN...
...THE WIND BLEW THEM OFF...
...AND THEY GREW IN AGAIN...
...POOR OLD MICHAEL FINNIGAN...