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First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010


Similar Names
16k Finley (Scottish)

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 52 9 43
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

Fun Facts about the name Finlay

  • How many people with the first name Finlay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 701 babies born with the first name Finlay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Finlay to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • 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 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Finlay is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 10 babies in California have the same name as you in 2015.
  • 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 Ynliaf. 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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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

  • Macdonald

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

Entire United States

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Finlay" mean? The list below shows the origins of Finlay as well as things modernly associated with the name Finlay such as celebrities named Finlay.


Origin and Meaning of Finlay

The name "Finlay" is of Scottish origin, and it means "Fair warrior". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

  1. A Scottish surname​, a spelling variant of Finley.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Other Inspirations for the Name Finlay

Finlay And Co
Finlay Fire
Finlay Munro Kemp
Finlay Management
Finlay Name
Finlay Wwe
Finlay Currie
Finlay Lewis
Finlay Park

Notable Persons With the Last Name Finlay

Frank Finlay

Frank Finlay is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1958 to present. Frank was born in 1926 as Francis Finlay in Farnworth, Lancashire, England, UK.


Dave Finlay

Dave Finlay is a professional wrestler. Dave was born in 1958 as David John Finlay Jr. in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.


What does the name Finlay mean?

Fis for fickle, you can change your mind!

Iis for inspire, others seek your guidance.

Nis for nifty, how neat!

Lis for look, the way you look at life.

Ais for approachable, constantly meeting new people

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

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