No, not the people who live in Finland. Those others, who keep popping up in fiction. What’s with the name Finn? It tends to be a certain type of fictional character who’s called Finn, or Finnigan. I wonder why?
My most recent example is Finnigan in Sonya Hartnett’s Surrender. He’s a real wild one.
Linda Newbery has a mysterious, if older, Finnigan in her new book Nevermore.
And the free boy in What I Was by Meg Rosoff is called Finn.
I’m fairly sure Celia Rees has a Finn in one of her horror books, set in South West Wales. Again, a sort of free spirit.
I love the name, but find it strange how it gets used. I wonder about the thought processes that determine what name an author gives their characters. Is it along the lines of “I’ve got this outsider type, romantic character, so let’s go in the Celtic/Irish direction and name him Finn”?
Even Kian in Cathy Cassidy’s Scarlett has the same ring to it. What other romantic names of this kind are there?