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Name borne by countless legendary and historical figures, both male and female. The personage most often implied by the name Finn is the hero of the Fenian Cycle, Finn mac Cumhaill [ang. Finn MacCool], known in this volume under the ModIr. spelling Fionn mac Cumhaill. The name Finn also appears to have been an honorific title, often coming in threes. A 16th century poetic epithet for Ireland was … na dtrí bhFinn [Ir., of the three Finns], reflecting different heroic traditions from the midlands, Leinster and Munster. The triplet sons of Eochaid Feidlech were known as the Three Finns of Emain Macha (see FINN EMNA), even though they had individual given names. Such triplism may also derive from Find, the early embodiment of knowledge recorded by Ptolemy (2nd cent. ad).

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