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The ancestors of the Finley family lived among the ancient Scottish Pictish tribes. The name Finley comes from the Gaelic Fionnlagh which is often Anglicized to fair hero.

Finley Early Origins



The surname Finley 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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Finley Spelling Variations


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Finley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Findlay, Findlow, Findlaw, Finley, Finlay and others.

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Finley Early History


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Finley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finley research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1547, 1629, and 1755 are included under the topic Early Finley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Finley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Finley In Ireland


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Finley In Ireland



Some of the Finley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 84 words (6 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Finley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Finley, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Finley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Finley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1702
  • Michael Finley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1734
  • John and Will Finley settled in Georgia in 1735
  • Patrick Finley, who landed in Virginia in 1753
  • John Finley settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliz Finley, aged 57, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Napthali Finley, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Eliza Finley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
  • Margaret Finley, who landed in New York, NY in 1836
  • Louisa B Finley, who arrived in New York in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Finley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Finley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Finley settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1810 and he was married in St John's, Newfoundland
  • Lot Finley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Jane Finley, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Juliana Finley, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Thomas Finley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finley (post 1700)



  • Major-General Thomas Dewees Finley (1895-1984), American Commanding General XVI Corps (1945)
  • Morris "Mo" Finley (b. 1981), American professional basketball player
  • Sirt Moses I. Finley FBA (1912-1986), American and English classical scholar, best known for his work is The Ancient Economy (1973)
  • Steven Allen Finley (b. 1965), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Charles Edward "Chuck" Finley (b. 1962), American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Charles O Finley (1918-1996), American businessman and former owner of the Oakland Athletics
  • James Finley (1762-1828), American civil engineer
  • Michael Douglas "Doug" Finley (1946-2013), Canadian Senator, Campaign Director for the Conservative Party of Canada during the 2006 and 2008 federal elections
  • David Finley, Director, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Suggested Readings for the name Finley


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Suggested Readings for the name Finley



  • The Finley Clan, A Condensed Genealogy of the Finley Family at Home and Abroad by Herald Franklin Stout.
  • Our Book of Finleys and Their Kinfolk Families by Leslie McLaughlin.

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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: Beati Pacifici
Motto Translation: Beati Pacifici


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Finley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finley 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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