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Finely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The background history of the name Finely starts in ancient Scotland among the Pictish people. The name Finely is derived from the Gaelic Fionnlagh which is often Anglicized to fair hero.

Early Origins of the Finely family


The surname Finely 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.

Early History of the Finely family


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

Finely Spelling Variations


Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Finely include Findlay, Findlow, Findlaw, Finley, Finlay and others.

Early Notables of the Finely family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Finely family to Ireland


Some of the Finely 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.

Migration of the Finely family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Finely Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Finely, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829

The Finely 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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