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.
Early Origins of the Phinley family
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
Early History of the Phinley family
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Phinley Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Findlay, Findlow, Findlaw, Finley, Finlay and others.
Early Notables of the Phinley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Phinley family to Ireland
Some of the Phinley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Phinley family to the New World and Oceana
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.
The Phinley 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: Blessed are the peacemakers