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The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Findley is derived from the Gaelic Fionnlagh which is often Anglicized to fair hero.

Findley Early Origins



The surname Findley 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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Findley Spelling Variations


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Findley Spelling Variations



In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Findley has appeared Findlay, Findlow, Findlaw, Finley, Finlay and others.

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Findley Early History


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Findley Early History



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

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Findley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Findley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Findley In Ireland


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Findley In Ireland



Some of the Findley 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



Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North Ameri ca. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Findley:

Findley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Findley, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
  • James Findley, aged 50, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1842 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • W Findley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • J Findley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Findley, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Findley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Findley, aged 35, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • David Findley, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Paisley, Scotland, in 1908
  • Alexander Findley, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Linusslburgh, Scotland, in 1911
  • Bella Findley, aged 29, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Elizabeth Findley, aged 32, who settled in America from Jarrow, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Findley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Allen Findley, aged 10, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913

Findley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Findley, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Findley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Findley (post 1700)



  • William Elbert Findley, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Pickens County, 1927-30
  • William Findley (1741-1821), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1790; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1791-99, 1803-17; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1799
  • Thomas Findley, American Democrat politician, California State Treasurer, 1858-62
  • Stephanie Findley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 2008
  • Raymond Findley Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for New Jersey State House of Assembly 26th District, 1975
  • Samuel J. Findley, American politician, Member of Minnesota territorial House of Representatives 2nd District, 1852
  • Paul Findley (b. 1921), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Illinois State Senate, 1952; U.S. Representative from Illinois 20th District, 1961-83; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Lance Findley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 7th District, 2012
  • James Findley, American politician, Secretary of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1833-35
  • J. Justin Findley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Florida State House of Representatives 83rd District, 1978
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Findley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Findley 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 12 May 2016 at 21:26.

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