English word and nature name
"to swindle"

Finch Origin and Meaning

The name Finch is a boy's name of English origin meaning "to swindle".

It feels like Finch should be a modern bird name that's as popular as Wren or Lark, but that's not the case - so it's one to consider if you're looking for a nature name that's familiar but rare.

These colorful birds have made big contributions to science: the Galápagos finch played an important role in forming Darwin's theory of evolution, and the zebra finch has helped our understanding of how birds learn songs.

Finch is also a surname belonging to, amongst other admirable people, the family in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Finch in Pop Culture

  • In medieval timesthe finch was thought of as a foolish bird.
  • Surname of "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960) characters AtticusJem, and Scout
  • Finch McComassolicitor in George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" (1895)
  • Mr. Finch"Person of Interest" (played by Michael Emerson)
  • Justin FinchFletchley, character in Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Theodore Finch "Finch"main character in the book "All the Bright Places"
  • J. Pierrepont Finchprotagonist of musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"