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

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The surname Phinley 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.

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


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Phinley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Phinley 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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.

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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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The Phinley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Phinley 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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