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Findlay is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the Gaelic Fionnlagh which is often Anglicized to fair hero.

Findlay Early Origins



The surname Findlay was first found in Banffshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire, where they were descended from the Chiefs of the Clan Farquharson, one of the great federation of 26 Clans, known as the Clan Chattan.

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Findlay Spelling Variations


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Findlay Spelling Variations



Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Findlay has appeared Findlay, Findlow, Findlaw, Finley, Finlay and others.

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Findlay Early History


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Findlay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Findlay research. Another 427 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1547, 1629, 1755, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Findlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Findlay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Findlay Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Findlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Findlay In Ireland


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Findlay In Ireland



Some of the Findlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Findlay name:

Findlay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Findlay, who arrived in Georgia in 1770

Findlay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Findlay, aged 40, arrived in America in 1822
  • John Findlay settled in South Carolina in 1823
  • Charles S Findlay, aged 30, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • William Findlay, who landed in Rhode Island in 1855

Findlay Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • James Findlay, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Keith Findlay, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Findlay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Findlay, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
  • Margaret Findlay, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Findlay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Findlay arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859
  • James H. Findlay arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • William Findlay arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • Isabella Findlay, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • James H. Findlay, aged 15, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Findlay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Findlay (post 1700)



  • William Findlay (1768-1846), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1797; Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1807-17; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1817-20
  • Jonathan Smith Findlay, American politician, Delegate to Missouri State Constitutional Convention from Howard County, 1820
  • John Van Lear Findlay (1839-1907), American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1861-62; U.S. Representative from Maryland 4th District, 1883-87
  • John Findlay (1766-1838), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1821-27
  • James Findlay (1770-1835), American politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1803; Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1805-06, 1810-11; U.S. Representative from Ohio 1st District, 1825-33
  • Hiram Findlay, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1870-72
  • Francis T. Findlay, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1940
  • Donald R. Findlay, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 62nd District, 1978
  • Charles Findlay, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Akyab, 1897-98
  • Linnie Taylor Marchant Findlay (1918-2009), American historian and writer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Findlay Historic Events


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Findlay Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Isabella Findlay (1867-1914), née Ivison Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Johnson Findlay (1882-1914), English Second Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Major Hugh Findlay (1874-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Dave  Findlay (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Dana B  Findlay (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Clinton  Findlay (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Georgina  Findlay (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Kathleen  Findlay, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • ... (Another 4 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Gordon Lindsay Findlay (1914-1941), Australian Acting Ordnance Artificer 4th Class from Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortis in arduis
Motto Translation: Brave in difficulties.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    11. ...

    The Findlay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Findlay Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 July 2016 at 11:33.

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