Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Flynn

Flynn is an anglicized form of an old Irish clan name Ó Floinn (descendent of Flann) whereby Flann developed as a nickname, from the Gaelic meaning “reddish, ruddy” in reference to a person’s hair or complexion. The name was most famously borne by a late 9th century / early 10th century Irish king, Flann Sinna (Eng: Flynn of Shannon); a descended of the southern Uí Néill sept. Flann became King of Mide (central Ireland) and was later appointed as High King of Ireland (King of Tara) during a period of Irish history variously marked by both alliances and plundering/hostage taking among the various kingdoms, as well as the destructive presence of Viking raiders and colonizers. Flann’s father, Máel Sechnaill, had successfully defended his territory against the King of Osraige and later forced the kingdom Munster into submission, as well. He then turned his sights to the kingdoms of Ulaid to the north, Connacht to the east and Leinster to the south. As a result, Máel Sechnaill was referred to as “king of all Ireland” at his death. His son, Flann Sinna, became self-styled “king of all Ireland” shortly after his father’s death. Most of the opposition came from the southern Uí Néill’s kinsmen to the north; typically the High King of Tara title would alternate between the Uí Néills to the south and then to then to the north. Flann Sinna ended up succeeding his northern cousin rather than his own father, but not without some of that Irish bloodshed first. Flynn and O’Flynn remain popular surnames in Ireland today and only recently has Flynn come into usage as a masculine given name; in fact, Flynn is a very popular boy’s name among English speakers down under in the Southern Hemisphere, i.e., Australia and New Zealand.

All About the Baby Name – Flynn

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME FLYNN

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME FLYNN

Flynn has only been on the U.S. Top 1000 since 2011 making this name one of the latest entrants into the panoply of American masculine names. Now suddenly he’s “in like Flynn”. And we think we know why. British actor Orlando Bloom and his Australian supermodel wife Miranda Kerr named their son Flynn Christopher Bloom in January 2011. While the name was already a favorite in Australia, the high-profile celebrity couple managed to get the word out in the United States. Flynn is still a low-ranking name in America but he does fit a couple naming trends currently popular in the U.S. First, American parents are most guilty of mimicking what celebrities do, right down to naming their babies. Two, Flynn is both Irish and a surname – two naming styles American parents find appealing. Flynn is a cute name; it’s reminiscent of Finn or Finnegan. In fact, Flannigan is the diminutive of Flynn and could be even another Irish moniker to consider.

Quick Facts

ON FLYNN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

664

PRONUNCIATION:

FLIN

SIMPLE MEANING:

Reddish, ruddy

Characteristics

OF FLYNN

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Flynn

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FLYNN

Mae Flynn Pollitt is the wife of “Gooper” Pollitt in Tennessee Williams’ 1955 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She is from a family that once had a little money (why, she was Cotton Carnival Queen), and is considered the “society wife” in the Pollitt family, keeper of many vulgar millions. Mae ensures her and Gooper’s position in the inheritance department by having had five children, with one on the way. Big Daddy calls her a “good breeder”; the childless Maggie the Cat, Mae’s sister-in-law, accuses Mae of producing a passel of “no-neck monsters”. Mae curries favor with Big Mama by spying on the largely sexless relationship between Maggie and Brick, but try as she might, Big Daddy prefers the Cat to the bat. Mae is nonetheless capable of defiance against Big Daddy, as, in defense of her hapless husband, she demands to know why he, the first born son, has always had to carry so many responsibilities. In one of the best lines in the play, Mae declares that Brick has never had to carry a thing in his life except “a football or a high ball”. Touche, Mae.

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

Popular Songs

ON FLYNN

Sean Flynn
a song by The Clash

In Like Flynn
a song by Flynn Adam

Famous People

NAMED FLYNN

Flynn Robinson (basketball player)
Flynn Adam (hip-hop artist and rapper)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FLYNN

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FLYNN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Flynn