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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.

Finlay Early Origins



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.

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Finlay Spelling Variations


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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.

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Finlay Early History


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Finlay Early History



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.

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Finlay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finlay Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Finlay In Ireland


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Finlay In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Finlay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth, James, and John Finlay settled in Baltimore in 1803
  • William Finlay, who arrived in America in 1806
  • John Finlay, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Charles Finlay, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Catharine Finlay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • ... (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 [1]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, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Eliza Finlay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Thomas Finlay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • William Finlay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • William Finlay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849
  • ... (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 landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Finlay, aged 37, a millwright, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Mary Finlay, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Euphemia Finlay, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Catherine Finlay, aged 15, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finlay (post 1700)


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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
  • Brion Christopher Finlay, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2008
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Harold John Finlay (1901-1951), New Zealand paleontologist and conchologist
  • ... (Another 2 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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Finlay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finlay 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.

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