Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Finola

Finola is an Irish female name, from the Gaelic Fionnuala, derived from the elements “fionn” meaning “white, fair” and “guala” meaning “shoulder”. Fionnuala factors into one of the most memorable of Irish legends known as the “Children of Lír”. King Lír (an Irish sea god) and his wife Aoibh had four children, a daughter Fionnuala and three sons Aodh (fire), Fiachra (raven) and Conn (chief). When Aoibh died, Lír and his children were so grief-stricken that Aoibh’s father, Bodb Derg (elected King of the Tuatha Dé Danann, a mythological early race of Irish people), sent another one of his daughters (Aoife) as a replacement wife/mother. When Aoife came onto the scene as wifey #2, she was insanely jealous of her husband’s love for his children (her step-children), so she sent for a sorcerer and ordered their death. Only hiccup? The sorcerer refused to carry out her diabolical plan; he just couldn’t harm the four innocent and beautiful children. Instead, Fionnuala, Aodh, Fiachra and Conn were transformed into four beautiful white swans fated to swim various waters for 900 years (300 years in the North Channel, 300 years in the Irish Sea and 300 years in the Atlantic). After the children’s sentence at sea, they were given sanctuary on a pond at a monastery, although they had to be tied to one another with a silver chain. Spying the lovely swans, the Queen of Leinster demanded that her husband storm the monastery and retrieve them for her possession. However, once the silver chain was broken, the swans immediately transformed into old people and withered away to their deaths (before being sent to heaven). So goes the legend of the “fair-shouldered” Fionnuala. The name Fionnuala was quite common in medieval Ireland, although the more modern form of Finola has become pretty rare. Nola is a common nickname.

All About the Baby Name – Finola

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME FINOLA

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME FINOLA

Surprisingly, the “fair” Finola has never been used with enough regularity in the United States to land a spot on America’s Top 1000 list despite her Irish heritage (and the fact that Irish names have always been trendy here in the states). That makes Finola a name to consider in our book. It’s a name seeped in Irish mythology and it has a pleasant etymology. An original choice by today’s naming standards, Finola is a pretty, unique name. A fair shouldered swan.

Quick Facts

ON FINOLA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

FIN-o-la

SIMPLE MEANING:

Fair shoulders

Characteristics

OF FINOLA

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Finola

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FINOLA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Finola

Popular Songs

ON FINOLA

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Famous People

NAMED FINOLA

Finola Hughes (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FINOLA

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FINOLA

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