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Finlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The roots of the name Finlay are found among the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name comes from the Gaelic Fionnlagh which is often Anglicized to fair hero.

Early Origins of the Finlay family


The surname Finlay 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 Finlay family


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

Finlay Spelling Variations


Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Finlay has been written Findlay, Findlow, Findlaw, Finley, Finlay and others.

Early Notables of the Finlay family (pre 1700)


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

Migration of the Finlay family to Ireland


Some of the Finlay 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 Finlay family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Finlay:

Finlay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Finlay, who landed in New England in 1775 [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)

Finlay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth, James, and John Finlay, who settled in Baltimore in 1803
  • William Finlay, who arrived in America in 1806 [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)
  • John Finlay, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [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)
  • Charles Finlay, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [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)
  • Catharine Finlay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finlay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Finlay, who arrived in Canada in 1811
  • William Finlay, who landed in Canada in 1811
  • Richard Finlay, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • Thal Finlay, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • Margaret Finlay settled at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1825 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finlay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Finlay, a mason, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Eliza Finlay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  • Thomas Finlay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  • William Finlay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  • William Finlay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BRANKEN MOOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849BrankenMoor.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finlay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Finlay, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Finlay, aged 37, a millwright, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Mary Finlay, aged 34, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Euphemia Finlay, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Catherine Finlay, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Finlay (post 1700)


  • Virgil Finlay (1914-1971), American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator
  • Coly N. Finlay, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1888 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Brion Christopher Finlay, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2008 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • David Finlay VC (1893-1916), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Robert Bannatyne Finlay (1842-1929), Scottish jurist and statesman
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay CBE (1925-2006), Scottish poet, writer, artist, and gardener
  • George Finlay (1799-1875), Scottish classical historian
  • Thomas Aloysius Finlay (1922-2017), Irish jurist, politician and barrister, 7th Chief Justice of Ireland (1985-1994), Justice of the Supreme Court (1985-1994), President of the High Court (1974-1985)
  • Francis "Frank" Finlay CBE (1926-2016), English Academy Award nominated stage, film, and television actor
  • Mervyn David Finlay QC (1925-2014), Australian Olympic bronze medalist rower at the 1952 Summer Olympics and jurist, Member of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (1984-2004)
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Finlay family



HMS Royal Oak

  • Matthew Best Finlay (1917-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

The Finlay 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


  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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BRANKEN MOOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849BrankenMoor.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

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