Gender: Female Meaning of Finley: "fair-haired hero" Origin of Finley: Irish and Scottish Finley's Popularity in 2019: #188

Finley Origin and Meaning

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

This was a 100 percent boys’ name until celebs Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon bestowed it on their daughter, recently followed by Lisa Marie Presley, who used it for one of her (female) twins. Finlay is also now among the most popular unisex names.

At the most recent count, Finley was given 57 percent of the time to girls and 43 percent to boys, close enough to make it one of the truly gender neutral names.

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Rank in US: #188

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Pop Culture References for the name Finley

Finlay, Fynlie, Finlie, Finleigh, Finlea, Finli, Finleah, Finlee, Fynly, Finly, Fynley


OceanSky Says:


Finnie Belle is the cutest nickname!

CJ Says:


I love that name combo for a girl!

Hero_Phoebus Says:


I enjoy Finley for a girl. I also know a young woman named Finley, who only goes by Finn and refuses to be known as Finley. She says her parents thought they were expecting a little boy and when she was born, they loved the boys name they'd chosen to such a degree that they named their baby girl Finley. She hates her name, but there's something about it that I like. I don't think it's a name I would use personally, but it's definitely one that intrigues me. Unfortunately, I live in England, and over here, practically 98% of the population are against gender neutral names. Pity, because I love Drew and Bailee on girls.

burg123 Says:


I prefer finleigh - it sound s more feminine

Alesha1 Says:


I know a 3 year old girl named Finley Jaymes. Half of My family hates it but I think it’s nice for either genders.

Eliza1303 Says:


I prefer the name Fionnoula(Finn-Ula)for a girl and use the name Finn as a nickname. It’s more unique and cooler sounding in my opinion. Plus it’s Irish and my mom’s side is Irish so it all works out.

Calliegirl203 Says:


I'm sorry to anyone named Finley or who named their child Finley but I just can't stand the name. I don't think it's the names fault, but the Ley trend itself. I honestly remember a time when I didn't mind the name as much and actually thought it was cute, but I am getting sick of the name now. I feel bad about my dislike of the name because I love names with Fin/ Finn in it and I've never been annoyed by the ending Ley, but It's just so over used now.

IsobelT Says:


Love it for for either a girl or a guy! Although I think prefer the spelling of Finlea as a girl's name.

Tara Says:


Hello- our first daughter is Finley Lynn (born.2010) we are expecting our 2nd girl this June and came up with Dylan Elizabeth. We haven't 100% committed. I'm nervous on how it will be perceived and transpire over time. How are you liking the flow of Dylan and Finley? So ironic we found someone who thought of the same two girl names for their daughters :)

Wittyusername103 Says:


If I hadn't already met 2 boys with this name it would be on my list for girls.

LV51sfan91 Says:


Poor girl...Fin is not a good nickname and Toyota Finley Cars anyone?

JossieChris Says:


Over a year later and we are still in love with the name we choose for our second daughter. I had my doubts. She went nameless in the hospital until I had to decide. But, She has gorgeous fair hair and dark skin very fitting of the names meaning. Nns include Fin, FinFin, Fifi, Finnie Belle and Fee. I prefer Fifi like a little French poodle. And I have only heard it on a 6 and 4 year old girl. Her doctor had never heard it and loves it and he's heard hundreds of names.

zenithstarr Says:


one of my favorite names for sure

Essa Says:


I'm the opposite, even when a name has started to be used on a girl, I tend to still only see it as a boys name. It's only when it gets to the point of being very heavily used on girls and not on boys (eg. Kelly or Evelyn) that I can start seeing it as feminine.
However, if that's how you see unisex names, that's how you see it, it's not wrong, it's just different to my oppinion and certain other commenter on this thread. It's by no way something that you must change your mind on. You like the names you like and nobody has any right to try and change that, why people seem to think they can comment something like that is beyond me.

Essa Says:


This is absolutely all male in the UK. Ok, not quite absolutely but it's vastly different. Both Finley and Finlay are in the top 100 or boys but they don't even rank in the top 1000 for girls.

Michelle Says:


My daughters name is Fenleigh Jeanne (Jeanne is pronounced like Jean ). Jeanne was my grandmothers middle name and my husband is Gene, so it was a two for one. I spelled Fenleigh that way because I didnt like the fin way, it made me think of a fish and Leigh made it girlier. She is almost 11 and I have never had anyone have the same name as her until this past year, but theirs was spelled Finley. Most everyone calls her Fenleigh Jeanne and we love it, it fits her perfectly!

DeniseKay Says:


My daughter named my first granddaughter Finley Elise and I love it! It suits her very well and when you tell people her name they love it. When you introduce it on a girl its sounds feminine

ldougie Says:


I love this name!

Alsace Says:


I would love to name my daughter Finley! Unfortunately I can't get my husband on board.

JossieChris Says:


We are having our second daughter in exactly ten days. We decided on the name Finley Isabel. I am about 99 percent sure at this point. Everyone that has heard it really likes it over our other choices, Wylie, Ajay, Temperance, Violet, Sessiley... And not a lot of people have heard of it, especially on a girl. But O man, naming the second was so difficult when compared with our first named Dylan Brigid. Just trying to find the right sibling set...not too similar, but still sounding good together. Both are Irish/Welsh names, a unisex first with a feminine middle, both fun to yell if you have to, and Dylie and Finnie are adorable nicknames.

htw Says:


Good for you

jordalini Says:


I don't have to change my mind to suit you. My opinion is not going to change because you told me too. I grew up with a classic unisex name, and I just prefer them on girls, and I would personally never use a unisex name on a boy.

htw Says:


It is a cutel and reasonable adjustment it brings it closer to the name finn

htw Says:


Well change your mind. A name isnt tainted fir boys once used for boys. Because names dont equal gender. I have afriend named george who is a girl, is george a girls name too?

jordalini Says:


I love this name, but my man says it's a boys name. but for me once a name has crossed the unisex line, it is no longer viable for a boy.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I think this makes a good unisex name. I only hope it will still be usable for boys.

Guest Says:


One of my favorite names, period.

Guest Says:


I think Finnly is cute :)

Guest Says:


I liked this when Angie Harmon first used it but now everyone caught on *sigh*

Jillian Rhian Jaunzemis Says:


I'm thinking of spelling my daughters name Finnly…want to know what other nameberries think cus its not on here with this spelling

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I think it's equally nice for both genders

strawberrygirl21 Says:


I love this name for a girl!

kt77 Says:


It's my daughter's middle name. We loved the name for our daughter.

MissGiGi8813 Says:


I love the name Finley and it's meaning -- Fair haired fighter. Can't wait to name my daughter Finley Rebekah!

rabia_chrisden Says:


I've only met one Finley and that Finley was a girl so I always thought it was a girl's name. Either way I like it