The surname ‘Finley’ originates from Scotland. It is a variant of the name ‘Finlay’, derived from the Gaelic name ‘Fionnlagh’ composed of the elements ‘fionn’ meaning white, fair and ‘laoch’, meaning warrior, hero, which seems to have been reinforced by an Old Norman personal name composed of the elements ‘finn’ meaning finn and ‘leikr’ meaning play. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Finley’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Katherine Fin’, from Huntfordshire , England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘James Finley’, aged 33, from County Armagh, Ireland. He immigrated to North America with his wife in 1720, sailing aboard the ship named the ‘Eagle Wing’, bound for Newcastle, Delaware. He… Coat of arms: Barry of six sable…
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