Category: ethnic baby names
This is the nameberry question of the week: Would you give your child a name from an ethnicity other than your own?
….more specifically, would you choose a name which has not been fully integrated into Anglo-American nomenclature and would be in contrast to your surname?
If your surname was Greenberg, would you call your daughter Siobhan?
Or do you feel that a child’s name should reflect his/her own ethnic ancestry?
One of the great mysteries of baby-naming is how a name comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a fashionable, popular choice.
But unlike other, far more complex Irish names, Finn has tremendous crossover potential. It’s also kind of Scandinavian, sort of fishy, easy to spell and say, plus has several attractive relatives: Finnian, Finnegan, Finlay.
And it’s been chosen by such high profile couples as Ed Burns and Christy Turlington for their son, while Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn named their daughter Finley, a version also chosen by Lisa Marie Presley for one of her newborn twin girls.
Once you dissect all that, it’s easy to see that Finn‘s popularity hardly came from nowhere. And it’s a name that’s unlikely to fade away again anytime soon.
For more names from Irish mythology, check out our new book, Cool Irish Names for Babies.