Finn Family History

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Finn Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Finn ‘descendant of Fionn’, a byname meaning ‘white’ or ‘fair-haired’. This name is borne by several families in the west of Ireland. English: from the Old Norse personal name Finnr ‘Finn’, used both as a byname and as a short form of various compound names with this first element. German: ethnic name for someone from Finland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Kinn, Linn, Ginn, Rinn, Finne, Finan, Fina, Fink, Fino, Pinn

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Finn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Finn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Finn. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Finn Family Origin

Where is the Finn family from?

Finn Family Occupations

What did your Finn ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Finn. The most common Finn occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Finn's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Finn family was Tailor.

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Tailor


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Finn ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Finn Historical Records

What Finn family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 183,000 census records available for the last name Finn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Finn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Finn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Finn. For the veterans among your Finn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Finn Life Expectancy

What is the average Finn lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Finn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Finn in 1940 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Finn

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Finn ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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