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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Finlay

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Finlay is of Gaelic origin and means "Fair haired warrior".
  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Finlay means "Fair-haired" and is of Scottish origin.
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  1. A Scottish surname​, a spelling variant of Finley.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Finlay

Finlay Currie was an actor. He was most active from 1899 to present. Finlay was given the name Finlay Jefferson Currie on January 20th, 1878 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He passed away on May 9th, 1968.


Finlay was born on October 9th, 1991.


Starsmith is a pop, electronica, house, synthpop, and house music musician. He was most active from 2009 to present. Starsmith was given the name Finlay Dow-Smith on July 8th, 1988 in Bromley, England.


Finlay Robertson is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1999. Finlay was born on May 2nd, 1975 in Netherlands.


Finlay Calder is a rugby player.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Finlay

Dave Finlay is a wrestler. Dave was born on January 31st, 1958 in Belfast.


Frank Finlay was an actor. He was most active from 1958 to 2009. Frank was given the name Francis Finlay on August 6th, 1926 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England, UK. He left this life on January 30th, 2016.


Carlos Finlay was a scientist. Carlos was given the name Juan Carlos Finlay y de Barrés on December 3rd, 1833 in Camagüey. He left this life on August 20th, 1915.


Peter Finlay is a satire, dark comedy, allegory, and black comedy writer. His ongoing career started in 2003. Peter was born Peter Finlay in Old Reynella, South Australia.


Ian Hamilton Finlay was an artist in the fields of poetry, concrete poetry, art, and gardens. Ian was born on October 28th, 1925 in Nassau, Bahamas. He passed away on March 27th, 2006.


How popular is the baby name Finlay in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1918 6 0 6
1998 7 0 7
1999 7 0 7
2000 20 0 20
2001 21 0 21
2002 17 0 17
2003 18 0 18
2004 31 5 26
2005 48 6 42
2006 57 7 50
2007 53 9 44
2008 49 8 41
2009 55 5 50
2010 42 13 29
2011 45 10 35
2012 51 14 37
2013 59 18 41
2014 42 8 34
2015 74 10 64
2016 74 18 56
2017 74 19 55
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Finlay

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Popularity of Finlay as a first name

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Popularity of Finlay as a last name

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Common last names for Finlay

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Finlay U.S.
  White 88.22% 64.26%
  African American 4.53% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.17% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Finlay

People with the last name Finlay are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Finlay

  • How Popular is the name Finlay? Finlay is the 11,708th most popular name of all time. As a last name Finlay was the 10,721st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Finlay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 850 babies born with the first name Finlay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Finlay to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Finlay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Finlay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Finlay is Saturday, March 18th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Finlay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Finlay was in 2015 with a total of 64 babies.
  • Random Finlay Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Finlay is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 7 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Finlay: Your name in reverse order is Yalnif. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iayfnl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Finlay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,980 people with the last name Finlay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Finlay? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Finlay as their last name.

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