Gender: Male Meaning of Finley: "fair-haired hero" Origin of Finley: Irish and Scottish Finley's Popularity in 2018: #273

Finley Origin and Meaning

The name Finley is a boy's name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning "fair-haired hero".

Finley is a Scottish royal name (it belonged to Macbeth's father) riding the wave of Finn names. Chris O'Donnell used it for one of his sons, and Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn did a gender switch when they named their daughter Finley.

Though Finley has been used for both sexes for enough years to make it onto our popular unisex names list, the name at most recent count was running at almost two to one in favor of the girls, no doubt heavily influenced by Harmon and Sehorn's use of it for their daughter.

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Rank in US: #273

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abisweeney Says:


I'd just like to note that the meaning translation given by Nameberry is slightly embellished. The name comes from the Gaelic name Fionnlagh, where fionn means "white", "bright", or "fair" (completion or coloring connotation) and laogh means "calf" or the young of cattle or deer (a traditional term of endearment). Some websites give -lagh as derived from the Gaelic laoch, which means "layman" or "warrior" or "champion", but this is not evidenced.


LV51sfan91 Says:


Toyota anyone?

Marlz81 Says:


Finley Thomas is what im naming my little boy:-)

autumnreverie Says:


That's just it, though--it's not a girl's name. There's hardly anything feminine about it. It's sad that the trend of using masculine names on girls tends to make those "unisex" names be identified as sissy and feminine and no longer appropriate for boys. It's a one-way trend. I've yet to see a feminine name be used on a boy and it be considered "unisex" or identified as masculine or it even be considered acceptable by society or parents in general.

caetano Says:


Top 100 for boys in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Yeah, I'd say its a boys name.

kashlen Says:


I really love FInley for a boy but I just looked on babynamewizard and it's trending significantly towards girls which annoys me. I would hate to give my kid a girly name.

Taylor_23 Says:


Finley, in my opinion, is more of a boy name

Renee Says:


I'm not sure if Finley is more suited for a girl or boy