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This most interesting and unusual surname is of early medieval English origin, though ultimately deriving from an Old French word. It may be either a metonymic occupational name for a trapper, or a nickname for a particularly clever person, or someone endowed with a particular skill, derived from the Middle English "gin, ginne", from the Old French "engin", skill, ingenuity, and later meaning a snare or trap. In some cases, the surname may be a variant of "Finn", itself the Anglicized form of the Gaelic byname "Fionn", white, or from the Old Norse "Finnr", meaning Finn.

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