Last name: Finch

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "fink" the finch bird, and has two possible interpretations. Firstly, it may be a metonymic occupational name for a breeder of finches or for one who caught finches and sold them as songsters. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer and later became hereditary. The finch is a songbird, noted or his bright plumage, so it may also have originated as a nickname for a colourful person or one with a beautiful singing voice. The creation of surnames from nicknames was common practice in the Middle Ages, and many modern-day surnames derive from medieval nicknames referring to personal characteristics. The surname is first recorded in the mid 11th Century and can also be found in the variant forms Fink, Vink and Vinck. Gilbert le Finch is noted in the Curia Regis Rolls of Norfolk (1205). One Frances Finch was recorded as being in the Virginia Colony in 1620, before the arrival of the Pigrim Fathers in the same year. The Finch family have no less that eight Coats of Arms granted to them; one granted to the Earl of Aylesford is silver, with a black chevron between three griffins passant. The motto "Aperto vivere voto" translates as "To live without a wish concealed". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Godric Finc, which was dated 1049, in the "Olde English Byname Register", during the reign of King Edward the Confessor, 1042-1066. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Dustin Finch
Hi i was wondering if finch have royalty in their blood line cause i have found out about earls and bunch of stuff about parliament in england so any info would help and im from Virginia if that helps any at all thank you very much

hattie finch
i was always told it meant village idiot/ bird brain or maybe thats just me

Janine Finch
We should all have a meeting....all the Finch's flock together... lol! I was born and raised in Didsbury, Manchester but emigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia. It would be a far distance to fly over that pond!!! Live a long and happy life all you Finch's.

Bill Finch
For every Finch in the US, a great point of reference is a book by Ruby Finch Thompson. Finch families of Dixie: 300 years in the South

Hi I am from Vine Grove KY (moved to GA when i was young but now live in south FL). Son of Vera Ellen Finch. Grandson of James Donald Finch. Do not know much of my family name. I am also 5'8'' blonde hair blue eye.

Brian finch
In Brian finch my mum is rosemary finch and my NANs name the same lived in custom house sliver town east London but belive mt great grand parents emigrated from Waterford Ireland

Susan Finch Laymon
Hi! I'm the daughter of Sidney Francis Finch (Lorraine Adams) GD of Grant Finch (Anna Beckwith) GGD of Daniel C Finch (Sara Ann Thompson) GGGD of Charles Beanon Finch (Isabel Harford) GGGGD of Moses Beanon Finch (Sarah Brannon).GGGGGD of Isaac Finch of Goshen, Orange, NY born 1772. This family of Finch's were pioneers that traveled the rivers by flatboats helping to settle new territory. They were known as the "Fighting Finch's". At some point they settled in Story County, Iowa and became farmers. My GGF Daniel C Finch left there in the late 1890s with all of his immediate family, sons, daughters, in-laws and grandchildren. My GF Grant and his family ended up in Cougar, OK. Until I started researching my roots, the Iowa Finch's never knew what had happened to Daniel C and his family. I contacted them and attended a wonderful "Finch Family Reunion" in Iowa. That was about 10 years ago. Several of my Aunts and Uncles were born in Iowa. My Father was born in Oklahoma in 1900.

Zachary finch
Hi I'm from Illinois and my grandfathers family was mostly born in Schyler county Illinois. Find me on face book add me and help me learn my history

Alyssa Finch
I'm Alyssa, from the United States. I've traced my family's lineage back to Thomas Finch who was supposedly the first Finch born in the US in 1730!

Syd Finch

Well, my family has carried the name Finch for a few generations now.. My grandmother told me that back in the 1800's they changed their name from James to Finch because of Jesse James.

Andrew Finch

Shropshire based finchs traced them all back to around 1700 I still live here in shropshire England as many still do.Find me on face book if i can help any on tracing .

Jason William-Duglas Finch

Do any finches here no in which part of Ireland we derive from

Phoebe Finch
I love my last name

Sterling Finch
I can not believe how many of us there are in the world

Dylan Finch
I'm from Mississippi in the United States, and the earliest I can trace my family to is the mid 1800s when a man named William Harrison Finch lived. I can't find his father's name, but his father was supposedly born in Georgia. Anyone before him is a complete mystery

Daniel finch
Im from Buckinghamshire England and i have found family all the way back to the 1800's personally think we should all meet aha

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