Thoughts on Finn?

(68 Posts)
Lioncubs Fri 27-Sep-13 21:09:19

Is Finn a good name?

silasramsbottom Fri 27-Sep-13 21:11:11

I like it, but I prefer Finlay - Finn for short.

RVPisnomore Fri 27-Sep-13 21:12:15

Lovely name, my DS is Finlay, with Fin as his short name.

ThePorpoiseOfStupidity Fri 27-Sep-13 21:15:47

I like the name <biased> grin. I prefer it to Finlay, had we called our ds Finlay it would have been shortened anyway.

squoosh Fri 27-Sep-13 21:29:13

There's Fintan or Finbar too.

LoopThePoop Fri 27-Sep-13 21:33:22

Not Finlay.
Finn is perfect on its own.
Lovely strong boy's name. Finlay is poncey.
Love Finbar though if you wanted a longer version. Squoosh is right.

elcranko Fri 27-Sep-13 21:34:36

I prefer Finley to Finlay.

BotBotticelli Fri 27-Sep-13 21:35:08

Love it. Also like Flynn. Sounds similar and strong but less common?

DramaAlpaca Fri 27-Sep-13 21:35:08

Love Finn.

It's not my style but I'm very surprised by how common (as in popular, not vulgar) it is round here in the North West. More popular than Jack and Harry!

FriskyHenderson Fri 27-Sep-13 21:42:53

Phineas! I love Phineas and Ferb

credence Fri 27-Sep-13 21:43:37

I've got one of them, he's luvly and has a copy of The High Deeds of Finn Mac Cool on his book case, awful proud grin

Littlecherublegs Fri 27-Sep-13 22:24:03

I would use Finlay with Finn for short.
I like it!

QueFonda Fri 27-Sep-13 22:40:19

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pygmy Fri 27-Sep-13 23:47:52

Love it.

tammytoby Sat 28-Sep-13 07:21:08

I find it overused.

Lifeisontheup Sat 28-Sep-13 07:27:24

I've just named my Border Collie puppy that so obviously I love it. grin

ellaballoo Sat 28-Sep-13 07:34:46

I have a lovely 10 year old one . He's happy with it . Considered all the lengthier options but knew I would shorten it anyway .

AlisonClare Sat 28-Sep-13 11:45:34

My 20 year old Finn seems happy with it - apart from it not travelling well. In the Spanish speaking country he is living in, he complains, no one can say 'Finn' they all call me 'Feen'.

(He's a Finlay on his birth certificate. Luckily he's grown to to be tall and fair, in keeping with the 'fair hero'meaning, not a guarantee given that neither his father or I are dark!)

mrstowers Sat 28-Sep-13 17:41:19

Nice but a bit too popular where I live.

Lioncubs Sat 28-Sep-13 18:00:09

Thanks ladies. There is never a name that everyone loves but it seems this is a good name and not silly.

clr2014 Sat 28-Sep-13 18:06:32

I love it. Would have been dd's name...

toobreathless Sat 28-Sep-13 20:51:21

Nice strong name & much prefer it to Finley/Finlay.

My only concern is that there are loads around here & it feels a bit faddy and might date?

MummyPig24 Tue 01-Oct-13 10:12:34

I like it a lot.

boardingschoolbaby Tue 01-Oct-13 10:17:22

It is a lovely name, but it does seem that every third baby is called Finn, Fionn or Finlay at the moment. If you don't mind him being one of potentially 2 or 3 in the class then go for it.

absentmindeddooooodles Tue 01-Oct-13 10:19:49

Love it, although around here is v v popular. 4 finn's in the same class ( of 12) at ds nursery. But if you dont mind that, then go for it! Was on my list smile

I really like it as a name in its own right and have done for years. Some friends have named their son Finlay (or possibly Finley) but always call him Finn. It seems to be getting very popular now.

It's o.k, but there are so many in my daughters school. There are at least 2 in every class!

poppydaisy Tue 01-Oct-13 14:13:41

Ten years ago I didn't know a single Finn.

Now I know at least 10 Finns (all a variant of Finley, Finlay, Fintan, Finnian etc) so find it overused and fear it may start to sound dated as it falls out of favour again.

sonniboo Tue 01-Oct-13 14:28:06

Loads of little Finns around here. I'd prefer a more 'timeless' name.

clr2014 Tue 01-Oct-13 17:25:12

It must depend on where you are...I don't know a single Finn in RL. If it's v popular where you are that would put me right off...

eatyourveg Tue 01-Oct-13 17:28:06

I know a ffinlo, nn ffin its a manx name. No capital where there is a double f apparently

janey68 Tue 01-Oct-13 21:01:37

Nice enough but very popular as others are saying

Lioncubs Wed 02-Oct-13 00:13:35

Wow I don't know any

WhatAPredicament Wed 02-Oct-13 07:14:39

How about F enn?

thegreylady Wed 02-Oct-13 13:09:09

My gorgeous 7 year old grandson is Finn.In his school there is a Finlay and a Finley but no other Finns.It is a perfect name in its own right and can't be shortened.He loves his name which is fairly important too.

ch1134 Thu 03-Oct-13 19:15:35

Yep - just to reiterate what others have said as you seem surprised. I teach a lot of Finn's. But I do think it's a great name.

ZippityDoodahday Thu 03-Oct-13 19:16:42

Shark fin

Sleepthief Thu 03-Oct-13 21:27:14

One of the three (soon to be four) greatest boys names ever grin. Mine's a Finnbarr for long

GaryBuseysTeeth Thu 03-Oct-13 21:31:51

If you swing a cat around a school,nursery or playgroup here you'd hut a Finn or an Oscar!
To me it just sounds like a bit of a fish (sorry).

Finbarfinbo Thu 03-Oct-13 21:36:08

I love it!

FTRsMammy Thu 03-Oct-13 21:37:33

My DS(5) is Finlay, Finn for short.
When I had him there wasn't many Finlays/Finns but it's more popular now, for obvious reasons I think it's lovely smile

Sleepthief Fri 04-Oct-13 16:59:10

It didn't even make the ONS top 100, so can't be that popular hmm

Sleep I'm not at my laptop where I have the consolidated data, but if you add up all the Fin/Finn/Finlay/Finley they add up to a lot and leapfrog a lot of other "only one spelling" names.

NotAQueef Fri 04-Oct-13 20:53:44

I love it.
Though, I seriously can't believe how popular it (and its variants) has become according to mumsnet.
When I named DS almost 3 years ago I hadn't met anyone in real life called Finn/Finlay/Finley etc. Have since met a Finley at ds' nursery.
Still never met anyone with ds' full name - Finnegan. According to ONS 5 others with that name each year since he was born.

NotAQueef Fri 04-Oct-13 20:56:13

I think of Finn McCool and possibly Finn from hollyoaks in the 90s

usualsuspect Fri 04-Oct-13 20:57:13

Love Finn.

Cool name.

everlong Fri 04-Oct-13 21:12:27

I think Finn is lovely. Good for all ages.

Spottybra Fri 04-Oct-13 21:24:58

I think it was 34th last year. I'm biased and think its a great name. There are no others in his year.

WhatAPredicament Fri 04-Oct-13 22:09:22

A bit off topic but where can you access the full list of names given in a year? I can only find the summary data on top 100 names etc?

ThreeMyselfAndI Sat 05-Oct-13 08:07:26

I love it

Sleepthief Sat 05-Oct-13 17:13:23

But Horry Finn and Finlay/Finley are not the same name confused. You can't lump all the Josephs and Jonathans together, despite them having the same prefix... well you can of course but you'd be wrong Of course some people abbreviate Finlay to Finn, but so too Finnbarr/Finbar, Fintan, Finnian, Phineas and even Fionnuala... You aren't saying these names should all be lumped together are you?

Chacha23 Sat 05-Oct-13 17:35:57

between Breaking Bad's Flynn and Glee's Finn, I also suspect it may be a very "now" name that will date. That being said there's nothing wrong with it, it's simple and strong.

I'm saying that every single Finlay I know is known as Fin(n) so in terms of how popular Finn seems you have to take into account every name that sounds the same day to day.

It's like using Emma-Leigh and complaining your DD gets confused with Emily S and Emilie J in her class.

Inglori0us Sat 05-Oct-13 19:44:22

Love it. Wish it went with our surname but it doesn't. Boo hiss.

Floggingmolly Sat 05-Oct-13 19:47:54

Hundreds of them about these days. If there's no Irish connection it sounds a bit daft.

Sleepthief Sun 06-Oct-13 08:09:11

Fair enough, but I've got a four-year-old Finn (to go with a nine-year-old and a two-year-old - they are not called Finn, that would be odd grin but just to demonstrate that I am not limited to a four-year-old sample) and I genuinely only know one other Finn, who lives on a different landmass anyway. There are a few Finlay's about, but I've never heard any of them called Finn, so I guess it depends...

I do, however, know two other Kits (my youngest's name) within the teeny, tiny catchment of our London primary school, which encompasses about three streets hmm.

Anyway, I think people get too hung up on the supposed popularity or otherwise of a name (which is clearly subjective, or area dependent). If you like it, go for it smile

and maybe that way we'd have fewer children lumbered with really ugly obscure names or made up monikers

Inglori0us Sun 06-Oct-13 08:33:32

Yes I agree. We are struggling with a boys name and I was hellbent on having a normal but uncommon name. The thing is, the popular names are popular for a reason, because they're lovely names.
As for nns My dd is Alexandra Violet and she's called Alex, Lex and Lexi. She'll chose what she wants to be called when she's older I guess.

Sleepthief Sun 06-Oct-13 10:04:19

Exactly Inglorious. A friend recently named his little boy Jack and I initially thought, 'oh no, it's so popular', but on reflection that's because it's a really, really good name smile

shoobidoo Sun 06-Oct-13 23:13:19

But Steve & Kevin were also 'lovely' names when they were trendy in the 1970s.

Sleepthief Mon 07-Oct-13 07:59:38

Steve and Kevin were never 'lovely' hmm

shoobidoo Mon 07-Oct-13 08:43:46

That is what the next generation will say of Jack, Finn and Harry! These names will sound dated eventually.

everlong Mon 07-Oct-13 08:54:40

Good grief.
Steve and Kevin lovely?

Kevin was trendy though - came from nowhere statistically (in England) to high popularity. Jack and Harry have never been out of the top fifty ish. They might be having a spike of popularity but you could find 60yos, 40yos, and 20yos with those names in any pub or office in the country.

I think Finn will date more than Jack or Harry because it's risen more - I don't know any over twenty but lots under five.

I like it - cute

rachel234 Mon 07-Oct-13 14:29:19

Finn has become very trendy - we didn't know a single one until about five years ago, now we know loads of little Finns.

And just as many find it 'lovely' or 'cute' it will eventually fall out of fashion again, like Kevin or Steve or Mike did a generation ago.

Names are not objectively 'lovely' if they are popular, they are popular because lots of people like the same name at the same time. Like with fashion - lots of like the same trends.

Personally I prefer more 'timeless' and 'classic' names and find Finn a little too overused now.

PlumpkinPie Mon 07-Oct-13 14:32:43

very very popular where I live - for boys and girls.

poppydaisy Mon 07-Oct-13 14:41:36

We know loads of Finns. To me it's overused and already a little dated.

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