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Which is the original 'older' spelling?

(7 Posts)
MumToFG Mon 25-Jul-11 23:42:50

Fionn or Finn? Websites have differing information! Thanks

Esian Tue 26-Jul-11 00:27:16

I always thought Finn was the English way of pronouncing Fionn. Fionn being the name of the original Irish legend.
Could be wrong though wink

pinkgirlythoughts Tue 26-Jul-11 09:46:24

Yes, Finn is the anglicised spelling of Fionn (pronunciation is the same, though)

Aphria Tue 26-Jul-11 12:37:02

Yes, Finn is the anglicised version but the pronunciations are different. Fionn is pronounced fyun here in Ireland while Finn is as it's spelled.

MumToFG Tue 26-Jul-11 14:44:34

Thanks! On the website behind the name it says that Finn is the older version of Fionn. Confusing!

Greenwing Tue 26-Jul-11 15:56:24

BTW whilst Finn (or Fin, Finlay, Finley, Finbar, Fintan, Finian) seems to be getting quite well known for boys, Fionn sounds and looks like a girls name to be eg Welsh girl's name Ffion or Fiona.

SMKY Thu 13-Jul-17 07:00:00

well this is an ancient thread but just to answer the question correctly...

...Finn is an older Gaelic/irish spelling. The name was originally spelled Find and Finn, back when it was a common name in Ireland. The "o" came in later.

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