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What boys' names can be shortened to Finn?

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Psammead Thu 01-Sep-11 10:07:50

DH has declared that he sort of doesn't mind the name Finn. This is a truly glowing endorsement as it is the only name he has chosen himself, and the first name out of hundreds that he hasn't made a face to.

Finn is ok, but I prefer longer names. What longer names can be shortened to Finn?

I have thought of


DrNortherner Thu 01-Sep-11 10:11:03

Finton <think I may have just amde that up>
Finnius <and that> or should it be Phinneaus?

PeanutGallery Thu 01-Sep-11 10:41:19


Catsmamma Thu 01-Sep-11 10:42:43

what is the obsession with long names that can be shortened?

Finn is a real name, go with it!

talkingnonsense Thu 01-Sep-11 10:48:45


LadyBoy Thu 01-Sep-11 11:42:25

I love Finn! Longer names. . Griffin, Finbar, Fintan, Finnian, Finnegan, Finlay, Finlo, Phineas.

Psammead Thu 01-Sep-11 11:43:55

Thanks - Finton and Finbar both great options!

Dolphin not so much grin but it made me smile.

Catsmamma, well, I wouldn't call it an 'obsession', but to answer your question I think it's nice to give the child the option in the future of having a nickname or two. I did and I liked it.

Psammead Thu 01-Sep-11 11:45:46

Oh! Griffin is almost too awesome grin

We would never have the guts.

I'll still run it past DH though grin Although he considers Hector too 'out there'!

midnightexpress Thu 01-Sep-11 11:49:30

Finbar Saunders and his double entendres. I wouldn't. DS2 has a crocodile puppet by the name of Finton, so that would be out for me, but is a perfectly reasonable name in any other circumstances. grin

Griffin is cool, but I think would more likely be shortened to Griff (which I also love, btw).

PeanutGallery Thu 01-Sep-11 12:09:40

Griffin is fantastic.

(I say this as a normally conservative namer)

Go for it.

talkingnonsense Thu 01-Sep-11 20:16:18

grin was trying to think of names ending rather than starting with Finn, but got stuck! Both my dc were going to be Finlay, but they were blond and I think finns should be dark ( wierd i know)

pranma Thu 01-Sep-11 21:12:51

My beautiful dgs is Finn withJames as mn when we want a long name we say Finn James but Finn on its own is lovely with the Finn McCuhl[sp?] legends to bak up.
Finn means fair tn!!

Allboxedin Thu 01-Sep-11 21:15:47

I knew an old man called Michael Finnigan
He grew whiskers on his chinnigan
The wind came up and blew them in again
Poor old Michael Finnigan............beginnagain... grin

Greenwing Thu 01-Sep-11 21:25:31

Finlay/Finley is probably the best known and not exclusively Scottish any more.
I rather like Finbar - sounds quite strong but very Irish, as is Fintan.

BTW please, if you consider using the name Fintan, spell it 'an' which is the usual spelling. 'Finton' looks made up.

gitinora Thu 01-Sep-11 21:38:14

I have a Finley who we call Finn all the time, we should have just called him Finn really but felt he should have a longer name at the time.

talkingnonsense Fri 02-Sep-11 15:51:34

I know pranma! Its probably because I taught a gorgeous Findlay who was very dark and slight. My blond bald boys just didn't look like finns!

Xavielli Fri 02-Sep-11 15:57:34

My Finn is just a Finn. I'd have called him Fintan if we wanted it longer. It was also the only name me and DP have ever agreed on for a boy... I really hope this one is a girl!!!!!!

DessertsInReverse Fri 02-Sep-11 17:31:56

phinneas ?

DrCoconut Fri 02-Sep-11 22:02:15

DS1 is Finn. It was almost unheard of here when he was born but I love it.

Stropperella Fri 02-Sep-11 22:06:54

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Xavielli Sat 03-Sep-11 05:37:31

I think the majority of Finn's I've seen have been 'fair haired (warrior)' - mine definitely fits the bill!

Shanghai Sat 03-Sep-11 07:21:41

Fiontan too - that's my son's name and he gets about 50/50 called Fiontan and Finn (think I may have just outed myself then..... quick - need to change my name!) - I love the name by the way

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