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This is a Scottish surname, which is also found widely in Ireland. The spellings recorded range widely from the original Gaelic "Fionlagh" and include Findlay, Finely, Finelly, Finelay, Fennelly, Finlry and Finlray. However spelt it is composed of the original elements "fionn" meaning "fair", plus "lagh", a hero. The Vikings being fair, the name may well refer to a Viking chief of the pre 10th century. The Old Scottish Chronicles of the Kings of Dalrida record the name as Fionnlaoich and Finnleoch, circa 1080. The name of MacBeth's father was spelt Findleach in "The Book of Leinster" (1070), and it seems that the name was generally translated as "Fair Head"...

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Joseph A. Finley Jr.

John Finley is my Great-Great Grandfather and immigrated to the U.S. in 1854...


John Finley 1819-1888; Townland of Banbridge in Civil Parish of Seapatrick


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