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What does Fingal mean?

Fingal Pronunciation of Fingal [fin-gal] as a boys' name is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Fingal is "fair, white stranger". Anglicized form of Fionnghall, derived from "fionn" and "gall". Originally a byname for blond Norse settlers (compare Dougal for the darker Danes). Literary: the name was used in the Ossianic poems (18th century) for the Gaelic hero Fionn mac Cumhaill (see Finn). The famous Fingal's Cave gets its name from these stories.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, norse, 18th century, hero, famous.


Fingal has 4 variants: Fin, Fingall, Finn and Fionghall.

1 more alternative form via Dougal, Finn, Fionn: Dugal.

Creative forms:
(male) Flagal, Vigal, ..

(female) Fingali, ..

Middle name pairings:
Fingal Emmitt (F.E.), ..

How popular is Fingal?

Fingal is an uncommon first name for men but a somewhat popular last name for all people (#119644 out of 150436, Top 80%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Finn (#209 from current records) and Fionn are the popular alternative forms of Fingal (not ranked) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Fingal was widespread in 2015 (usage of 0.1%). Finn is the continual favorite. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Finn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Antal, Bidal, Bilal, Conal, Connal, Danal, Daneal, Danial, Danyal, Donal, Fagan, Faical, Faisal, Faizal, Faycal, Faysal, Feargal, Fegan, Feggan, Feisal, Fergal, Fergall (see Fergal), Fidal, Fidel, Fiinean (see Finnian), Filian, Fillan, Finan, Finbar, Finbarr, Findlay, Fineas, Finegan, Finenn, Finian, Finlay, Finlea (see Finlay), Finlee, Finley, Finlie, Finna, Finnbar, Finnegan, Finnen, Finnian, Fintan, Fionan, Fionnan, Fiontan, Forgael (see Fergal), Hilal, Jimal, Kendal, Kimbal, Lindal, Magal, Manual, Mcneal, Mical, Michal, Migdal, Mikal, Mishal, Nial, Oneal, Randal, Ronal, Vidal and Vital. These names tend to be more frequently used than Fingal.

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