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Meaning and name origin

Finnian \f(in)-nian\ as a boy's 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.

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


Finnian is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Finnian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Finn (#234) and Fionn. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Finn in U.S.

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