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Gender: M Meaning of Finlay: "fair-haired hero" Origin of Finlay: Irish and Scottish

Finlay is a formerly fusty Scottish royal name--it belonged to Macbeth's father, Finlay MacRory--or Findlaech mac Ruaidri--that has a bit of a split personality. It has two acceptable spellings--Finlay and Finley, the first more popular in its native Scotland, where it ranks Number 14, the second in the US. It is also becoming more and more unisex in the States, with the Finley spelling now split between girls and boys.

Increasingly popular on the celebrity circuit, the splits are evident here too. Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen, and Sadie Frost have boys named Finlay, Chris O'Donnell and Holly Marie Combs have sons called Finley, and Lisa Marie Presley, Daniel Baldwin, and Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn have daughters named Finley; the latter couple were instrumental in making the gender switch in 2003.

Famous People Named Finlay

Finlay MacMillan, Scottish actor
Finlay Bealham, Australian-Irish rugby union player
Finlay Jefferson Currie, Scottish actor
Finlay Wild, Scottish fell runner
Finlay McQuistan, Scottish WWI flying ace
Carlos Finlay, epidemiologist in the 1800's

Pop Culture References for the name Finlay

Finlay Richter, character in novel "The One Apart" by author Justine Avery

Finn, Finlea, Findley, Finlee, Finnlea, Findlay, Finnley, Leigh, Lee