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What does Finlay mean?

Finlay Pronunciation of Finlay [fin-lay] as a boys' name is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Finlay is "fair, white warrior". Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Fionnlagh, derived from fionn meaning "white, fair" and laogh meaning "warrior, hero" or "calf". Fionnlagh may also have been modified by another local name, formed from Finn and the Old Norse leiker meaning "battle". The legendary hero Finn mac Cumhaill was famous for his wisdom and fairness. He was leader of the Fenians or Fianna, a band of warriors about whom many stories are told. Author Finley Peter Dunne.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, hero, old, norse, battle (war), legendary (mythology), famous, wisdom, leader, stories (literary).


Finlay has 15 variants: Findlay, Findley, Findlie, Finlea, Finlee, Finley, Finlie, Finn, Finndlay, Finndley, Finnlea, Finnley, Finnlie, Lee and Leigh.

1 more different relation via Finn: Fin.

Creative forms:
(male) Filay, Finlan, ..

(female) Finby, Finnel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Finlay Jacques (F.J.), ..

How popular is Finlay?

Finlay is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#10258 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Finlay reached its peak position of #57 in England in 2005, and is presently at #99. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Finlay name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Finlay outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Finlay rated in the Top 2000 are Finley (#326 from recent data), Finn (#209), Finnley (#744), Lee (#679) and Leigh. These relations of Finlay were popular with parents during the years 1890-1899 (median #1325) and have become significantly less common since (#993, down 51%). Lee has been the most prominent, although Finn appears to be gaining favor too, while Lee has become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Finley, Finn, Finnley, Lee, Leigh in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Finlay, Finley, Finn, Lee outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bijay, Clay, Conway, Dantay, Dontay, Faelan, Fairlay, Faolan, Farlay, Farley, Farly, Farnley, Farnly (see Farnley), Fay, Felan, Fernley, Fidal, Field, Fiinean (see Finnian), Filep, Filian, Filip, Fillan, Fillip, Finan, Finbar, Finbarr, Fineas, Finegan, Finenn, Fingal, Fingall (see Fingal), Finian, Finna, Finnbar, Finnen, Finnian, Fintan, Fionan, Fionnan, Fiontan, Foillan (see Faolan), Gillray, Gilray, Kenway, Klay, Lindsay, Linley, Linly, Linsay, Mckinlay, Montay, Nicolay, Nikolay, Sanjay and Vijay. These names tend to be more frequently used than Finlay.

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