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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Finch
A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family Fringillidæ.

Note: ☞ The word is often used in composition, as in chaf finch, gold finch, grass finch, pine finch, etc.

Etymology: AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink

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  1. Any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds

From Old English finċ, from Proto-Germanic *finkiz (compare Dutch vink, German Fink), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pingos (“chaffinch”) (compare Welsh pinc (“finch”), Ancient Greek σπίγγος (spíngos, “chaffinch”), Russian пе́нка (pénka, “wren”), Sanskrit फिङ्गक (phiṅgaka, “drongo, shrike”)).

  1. Any bird of the family Fringillidae, seed-eating passerine birds, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and usually having a conical beak.

Notable Persons Named Finch


Finch was born in England.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Finch

Peter Finch was an actor. He was most prominent from 1934 to 1977. Peter was given the name Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch on September 28th, 1916 in South Kensington, London, England. He died on January 14th, 1977.


Harold Finch is a software engineer. Harold is also known as Harold Crane, Harold Crow, Harold Gull, Harold Quail, Harold Starling, Harold Swift, Harold Wren, Norman Burdett, Mr. Partridge, Arthur Bellenger, Lucas Bennett, Walt Trowbridge, Mr. Kingfisher, Harold Martin, Harold Whistler, Mr. Egret, Harold Cardinal, .


Jon Finch was an actor. His career lasted from 1970 to 2005. Jon was born on March 2nd, 1942 in Caterham. He died on December 28th, 2012.


David Finch is a comics creator.


Aaron Finch is a cricketer. Aaron was born on November 17th, 1986 in Colac, Victoria, Australia.


She holds the title Miss Universe Australia 2009 and Miss Universe Australia. Rachael was born Rachael Finch on April 8th, 1988 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.


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Popularity of Finch as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Finch U.S.
  White 78.76% 64.26%
  African American 15.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.49% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.01% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Finch

People with the last name Finch are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Finch

  • How Popular is the name Finch? Finch is the 40,914th most popular name of all time. As a last name Finch was the 1,141st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Finch have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 75 babies born with the first name Finch in the United States. That's more than enough people named Finch to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Finch? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2011 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Finch first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Finch is Thursday, July 19th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Finch born? The highest recorded use of the first name Finch was in 2017 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Finch: Your name in reverse order is Hcnif. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Icnhf. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Finch? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 30,769 people with the last name Finch.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Finch? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Finch as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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