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Robin or Fynn

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Rhodescarson Thu 27-Oct-16 18:53:51

Baby boy arrived 4 weeks ago and this is our short-list? We have to decide next week....what do people think? Grateful for your perspectives.

Sophronia Thu 27-Oct-16 19:01:46


iisme Thu 27-Oct-16 19:01:54

I really like both Robin and Finn. Not sure about the spelling Fynn - never seen that before.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 27-Oct-16 19:04:04


SpeckledyBanana Thu 27-Oct-16 19:05:40

Finn, not Fynn, and only if it's Finlay on the birth certificate.

Quiddi Thu 27-Oct-16 19:11:12

Finn, as a full name. It's so much nicer than Finlay.

FuckThatToOneSide Thu 27-Oct-16 19:13:39

Robin by so many miles! I love it!

Finn is a bit nicer than Finley IMHO and is a full name on its own (Finn is an old Irish name - Finley is Scottish I think).

Flynn is a nice alternative maybe.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 27-Oct-16 19:43:36


Chinlo Thu 27-Oct-16 20:12:36


Not Fynn though, not for me.

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 27-Oct-16 20:18:52

Finn. Not Fynn. No need for Finlay as Finn is very much a proper name in its own right and I bet much older a name than Finlay.

Bear2014 Thu 27-Oct-16 20:20:13

I like Flynn or Finn but not Fynn.

Robin would be my pick

florascotianew Thu 27-Oct-16 20:58:44

Finlay is old. It comes from Scottish Gaelic words meaning 'fair warrior'. In modern Scottish Gaelic it's spelled 'Fionnlagh', so the 'y' spelling looks wrong.

In Scottish (and I think Irish) Gaelic, 'Fionn' (pron Finn) means 'fair' or 'white'. Think of the famous myth about magic hunter/warrior Finn MacCool (anglicized spelling). Finn was his nickname, after his hair turned prematurely white.

Chinlo Thu 27-Oct-16 21:34:18

florascotianew ...So which one is older?

rainbow99 Thu 27-Oct-16 22:00:48

Definitely Finn, spelled that way

ShmooBooMoo Thu 27-Oct-16 22:03:03

Robin but if you go with your other suggestion, I think Finn is much better.

DramaAlpaca Thu 27-Oct-16 22:32:03

Finn, spelled like that.

stonygreysoil Fri 28-Oct-16 09:20:01

Much of a muchness, but if you go with the latter spell it Finn. Or even better Finlay and give the boy some options in the future.

OutragedofLondon Fri 28-Oct-16 09:29:15

Finn. Not Fynn.

Inthenick Fri 28-Oct-16 09:37:05

Fionn is not pronounced Finn.

I like Finn. I would constantly misread Fynn as Flynn.

florascotianew Fri 28-Oct-16 11:22:21

Chinlo - hard to say, because I think that the use of both names as first names has only become widespread since the late 20th cent.

Regarding the age of the words themselves:

Finlay seems originally to have been a descriptive surname - it appears in written records from the 1400s, but very few systematic surname records survive in Scotland from before that time. The patterns of naming were different from today, as well. The Gaelic words 'fair' and 'warrior' are much, much older, of course.

Finn is best known as a descriptive nickname, eg for the Irish mythical hero, Finn MacCool. (His 'real' first name was something else.) Many legendary early Irish kings had the same nickname. All their stories were first written down by Christian monks between the late 11th-15th centuries. They are hundreds of years older, although it's very hard to tell how far the monks shaped and changed the traditional tales.

One legendary early Irish king was listed as 'Finn Mac Blatha'. Traditionally he lived in the first millenium BC. So perhaps it's possible to count that as the first use of the name? I don't know.

In more recent times, Finn has sometimes also been used as a short form of Gaelic names such as Fintan and Finbar. These are old names, too, and were recorded very early; there was a St Fintan who lived around AD 650, for example, and a famous Bishop Finbar who lived around AD 550.

Innthenick - I honestly think there's a regional spectrum, from 'Fyonn' and 'Fiown' to 'Finn' and even 'Feen'. This is illustrated by these examples, all by native Irish speakers: It's a self-selected sample, of course...Probably I should have said 'sometimes pronounced 'Finn''.

squoosh Fri 28-Oct-16 11:24:56

Finn is nicer than Finlay. He won't need 'options'!

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