The background history of the name Finnellay starts in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish people. The name Finnellay is derived from the Gaelic Fionnlagh
which is often Anglicized to fair hero.
Early Origins of the Finnellay family
The surname Finnellay 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
Early History of the Finnellay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finnellay research.Another 427 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1547, 1629, 1755, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Finnellay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Finnellay 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 Finnellay include Findlay, Findlow, Findlaw, Finley, Finlay and others.
Early Notables of the Finnellay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Finnellay family to Ireland
Some of the Finnellay 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 Finnellay family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Finnellay: James Finley who settled in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1810; he was married at St. John's Newfoundland; Margaret Finlay settled at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1825.
The Finnellay 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.