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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Finnegan

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  • A submission from Kansas, United States says the name Finnegan means "Fair" and is of Irish origin.
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  1. A male given name

Notable Persons With the Last Name Finnegan

Cortland Finnegan is a football player. He was most active from 2006 to present. Cortland was born on February 2nd, 1984 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.


Christian Finnegan is a comedian. Christian was given the name Fletcher Christian Finnegan on April 1st, 1973 in Albany, New York.


Brandon Finnegan is a baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. Brandon was born on April 14th, 1993 in Fort Worth, Texas.


John P. Finnegan was an actor. Their career lasted from 1970 to 2004. John was born on August 18th, 1926 in New York City, U.S. John is also known as J.P. Finnegan. They passed away on July 29th, 2012.


Chris was born on June 5th, 1944 in Iver. He left this life on March 2nd, 2009.


Kevin was born on April 18th, 1948 in Iver. He died on October 23rd, 2008.


How popular is the baby name Finnegan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1995 7 0 7
1996 5 0 5
1997 6 0 6
1998 25 0 25
1999 40 0 40
2000 86 0 86
2001 72 0 72
2002 68 0 68
2003 142 0 142
2004 144 0 144
2005 204 0 204
2006 264 0 264
2007 366 0 366
2008 377 0 377
2009 489 5 484
2010 473 6 467
2011 556 6 550
2012 554 7 547
2013 616 6 610
2014 639 8 631
2015 764 0 764
2016 821 7 814
2017 763 5 758

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Popularity of Finnegan as a first name

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Popularity of Finnegan as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Finnegan U.S.
  White 95.22% 64.26%
  African American 0.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.11% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.16% 16.26%

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People with the last name Finnegan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Finnegan

  • How Popular is the name Finnegan? Finnegan is the 2,972nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Finnegan was the 3,068th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Finnegan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,481 babies born with the first name Finnegan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Finnegan to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Finnegan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1995 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Finnegan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Finnegan was in 2016 with a total of 814 babies.
  • Random Finnegan Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Finnegan ranks 103rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 15 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Finnegan: Your name in reverse order is Nagennif. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ngeifnan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Finnegan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,695 people with the last name Finnegan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Finnegan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Finnegan as their last name.

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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