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What does Finbar mean?

Finbar Pronunciation of Finbar [fin-bar] as a boys' name is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Finbar is "white, fair head". Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Fionnbharr. The name of a fairy king in Irish mythology as well as the name of a bishop, the patron saint of the city of Cork, who kept the Catholic Church alive in Ireland during the seventh and eighth centuries. One tale tells of Saint Finbar crossing the Irish Sea on horse-back. The pet form is Bairre (see Barry), and the Isle of Barra in the Hebrides is said to be named after him.

Associated with: irish, king, mythology, saint, tale (literary), sea.


Finbar has 11 variants: Bairre, Barr, Barra, Barry, Finbarr, Finnbar, Finnbarr, Fionbharr, Fionn, Fionnbarr and Fionnbharr.

Related boy names: Finn and Finnian.

Creative forms:
(male) Filbar, Finfar, ..

(female) Finia, Finta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Finbar Rishaan (F.R.), ..

How popular is Finbar?

Finbar is an uncommonly occurring first name for men. Finbar is an equivalently uncommon surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Finn (#209 a year ago), Finnian (#1142), Barry (#1278) and Fionn are the prominent related forms of Finbar (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Finbar was common in the 1950s (median #1518) and is now significantly less (#1157, 57.6%). Barry has historically been the top pick of parents, although Finn seems to be gaining popularity too, while Barry has lost favor. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barry, Finn, Finnian in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Barry, Finn, Fionn outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Abnar, Akbar, Anwar, Barbar, Bonar, Bonnar, Danar, Dunbar, Einar, Ejnar, Faber, Fajar, Farrar, Ferrar, Fib, Fidal, Fiinean (see Finnian), Filbert, Filian, Fillan, Filmer, Fin, Finan, Findlay, Fineas, Finegan, Finenn, Fingal, Fingall (see Fingal), Finian, Finlay, Finlea (see Finlay), Finlee, Finley, Finlie, Finna, Finnen, Fintan, Fionan, Fionnan, Fiontan, Fisher, Gunnar, Guntar, Hilar, Inar, Jabar, Jabbar, Jimar, Millar, Nizar, Sinbad, Tilar, Vidar, Wilmar, Wistar and Xiomar. Like Finbar, these names are not commonly used.

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in meaning and etymology.