Gender: Male Meaning of Finian: "fair" Origin of Finian: Irish

Finian Origin and Meaning

The name Finian is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "fair".

This lilting Irish saint's name shone in neon lights on Broadway for the classical 1947 musical "Finian's Rainbow," later made into a film starring Fred Astaire as Finian McLonergan, and there was also a character on "General Hospital" named Finian O'Toole. With the growing popularity of Finn and Finlay/Finley--and boys' names ending in 'an'--Finian, which can also be spelled Finnian, seems like a sure-fire winner.

One of several early St. Finnians was a noted teacher and scholar.

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thenamer007 Says:


Even though it's easier to take Finn from Finnian, I prefer this spelling. Besides, I never liked Finn by itself all that much anyway.