Finch Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Finch Name Meaning: A nickname from middle english 'finch',in the middle ages this bird had a reputation for 'Stupidity'. In addition the name may have been an occupational one for a breeder of 'finches' or for someone who caught finches & sold them as 'songsters'.

The surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin.The first recorded spelling of the name is that of 'Godric Finc',dated 1049. Finches were known as 'songbirds'for their bright feathers.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Finch Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Finch family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 340
Female Servant 197
Independent 146
Labourer 87
Male Servant 77
Carpenter 51
Farmer 48
Ag Labourer 34
Weaver 34
Shoe Maker 33
Coal Miner 33
Servant 27
Tailor 25
Dress Maker 25
Baker 19
Cotton Weaver 18
Butcher 17
Gardener 16
Sawyer 16
Laundress 15
Blacksmith 14
Pauper 13
Cotton Spinner 12
Power Loom Weaver 12
Publican 11

Finch Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Finch 100% 69,691
2 Fench 80% 1,046
3 Faunch 67% 344
4 Funch 80% 257
5 Fanch 80% 116

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The surname Finch is the most popular version of all its varients

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