Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Finley

Finley (or Finlay) comes from an old Scottish Gaelic male personal name Fionnlagh. The name is composed of the Gaelic elements “fionn” meaning ‘white, fair’ and “laogh” meaning ‘warrior, hero in battle’. The name is most associated Findláech, King of Moray, a northeastern medieval kingdom of Scotland, whose biggest claim to fame was that of being the father of Macbeth (the 11th century Scottish king made famous by Shakespeare in his early 17th century play). Unlike Shakespeare’s inaccurate portrayal of a tragic king, the real Macbeth was actually an admired and capable monarch. So apparently his father raised him well. The name Finley is currently ranked high in England and Wales as a boy’s name. The United States is the only English-speaking country where Finley is given to more females than males.

All About the Baby Name – Finley

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME FINLEY

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME FINLEY

Finley was a around on the American naming charts as a masculine name in the late 19th century and early 20th century (at very low levels of usage), then it pretty much disappeared from sight. Finley would reemerge again on the charts in 2005 – but this time for little girls. It also came back on the charts for boy’s the following year in 2006. For both genders, Finley has shown only upwards momentum but the baby girls win the race. Finley is used for females at almost twice the rate as for males. In other words, this name is starting to feel more feminine. Which is ironic because the etymological roots are very masculine (battler, warrior). Finley is an example of American parents hijacking what was once a male personal name and feminized it by giving it to their daughters. As this happens, we typically see such names become less appealing for parents of little boys. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Finley. It’s a cute name with a surname-like quality. It’s a friendly and unpretentious choice, and the nickname of “Fin” reinforces Finley’s Gaelic qualities.

Quick Facts

ON FINLEY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

290

PRONUNCIATION:

FIN-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Fair hero

Characteristics

OF FINLEY

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Finley

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FINLEY

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Finley

Popular Songs

ON FINLEY

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Finley


Famous People

NAMED FINLEY

Finley Peter Dunne (writer and humorist)
Finley Quaye (Scottish musician)
Finley Peter Dunne (writer and humorist)
Finley Quaye (Scottish musician)
Finley Peter Dunne (writer and humorist)
Finley Quaye (Scottish musician)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FINLEY

Angie Harmon;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FINLEY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Finley