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What does Finnian mean?

Finnian Pronunciation of Finnian [finn-ian] as a boys' name is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Finnian is "white, fair". Anglicized form of Gaelic FinnÚn, derived from finn. Also used as pet form of Finn. The 1968 film "Finian's Rainbow" was Fred Astaire's last musical. The name of several early saints, one of whom may have been the same person as Saint Finbar. Saint Finnian of Clonard (sixth century) was called "The Teacher of Irish Saints" because many students at his school became prominent ecclesiastics.

Associated with: irish, teacher (counsel).


Finnian has 11 variants: Fiinean, Finan, Finenn, Finian, Finna, Finnen, Fionan, Fionn, Fionnan, Phinean and Phinian.

2 more different relations via Finbar, Finn: Finnbar and Finnbarr.

Creative forms:
(male) Fenian, Finnin, ..

(female) Finndia, Finnfa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Finnian Roan (F.R.), ..

How popular is Finnian?

Finnian is an uncommonly occurring first name for men. Finnian is also an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Finnian was first listed in 2002 and reached its top rank of #1142 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Finnian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Finnian outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Finn (#209 via latest list) and Fionn are the prominent variation forms of Finnian (#1142 via latest list). These forms of Finnian are at the peak of their popularity today (average #1117). Finn is the most chic birth name here.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Annan, Bivian, Cannan, Cillian, Donnan, Eilian, Eirian, Fabian, Faebian, Favian, Faybian, Fernan, Filian, Fillan, Findlay, Fineas, Finegan, Fingal, Finlay, Finlea (see Finlay), Finlie, Finndlay, Finnegan, Finnlea (see Finlay), Finnley, Finnlie, Fintan, Fionntan, Fiontan, Firmin, Flannan, Flavian, Florian, Gentian, Gilian, Gillian, Hannan, Innman, Jentian, Kannan, Kennan, Kienan, Kilian, Killian, Kingman, Midian, Ninian, Quinntan, Siprian, Tannan, Tienan and Vivian. These names tend to be more commonly used than Finnian.

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