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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 settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
  • James Findley, aged 50, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1842
  • W Findley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Findley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • 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, 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)



  • Cecil Rowe Findley (1925-2003), American journalist
  • Troy Findley (b. 1964), the 48th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
  • William Findley (1741-1821), Irish-born farmer American politician who served in both houses of the state legislature and represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House (1791 to 1799) and (1803 to 1817)
  • 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
  • Hazel R. Findley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Ben Findley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 31st District, 1940
  • 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
  • Raymond Findley Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for New Jersey State House of Assembly 26th District, 1975
  • ... (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



    Other References

    1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    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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