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  • finn: (Irish) white, pale, fair (e.g. fair hair); pure, true, blessed → Finnegan = fairheaded
  • Finn-: (Germanic root) designates moist-swampy places and rotten smell
  • Finne: (German) pimple; blotch
  • Tim Finnegan: the Dublin hod-carrier who fell drunk from his ladder and apparently died in the popular Irish-American street ballad from the 1850s Finnegan's Wake. At his wake, a bottle of whiskey broke on his coffin and he "came back to life". Much of the text of the ballad is echoed in the first chapter of FW.
  • Fionn mac Cumhail: (earlier Finn or Find mac Cumail or mac Umaill, pronounced roughly "Finn m'Cool") a legendary hunter-warrior of Irish mythology, also known in Scotland and the Isle of Man as Fingal.
  • fin: (US Slang) a colloquial term for the five-dollar bill bearing a portrait of Abraham Lincoln
  • Finn: a Frisian lord who appears in Beowulf and The Fight at Finnsburg
  • Michael Finnegan: (song) eponymous character in the popular song Michael FinneganMister Finnagain!. Each verse of the song ends "Poor old Michael Finnegan/Begin Again," creating a cyclical structure like that of Vico and FW.
  • finicky
  • Finn’s Hotel: a hotel in Leinster Street, Dublin, where Nora Barnacle worked when Joyce first met her