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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Finley

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Finley in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Finley:

  • Records indicate that 2,776 boys in the United States have been named Finley since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2011, when 502 people in the U.S. were given the name Finley. Those people are now 9 years old.

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      29 Positive Comments

  • "We have to boys 11 months apart -- Irish twins, Eli James & Finlay Patrick. We call him Fin most of the time. He is sweet, easy-going and a real charmer. Even though my husband and I both have dark hair and eyes, this little guy has blond hair and lovely blue eyes. Although I've learned that many people are using it as a girls name (often spelled Finley), I think it's meaning and it's nicknames are masculine. Except when I call him my wee little Laddie-Pie! :)" Dec. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 6 month old daughter is Named Finley Casper. I have loved the Name Finley since I was a little girl. I got it from NC State Carter - Finley Stadium and it just so happens my husband was a State Fan too. I love the name and it fits her prefect!!! She too is Blonde Hair and Blue eyes." Oct. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 14 month old son is named Finley. We wanted him to have a unique name, but also a name that wasn't new and sounded made up. We LOVE it! We call him Fin, Finster, and Fin-Fin (Most people who are around him alot call him fin-fin) Like I said before, we love the name, and it fits him so well!!" Apr. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I typically like to name my dogs after baby names and i just got a puppy so i named him Finley as in FinLEY. I love this name!" Apr. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have an almost 3 year old son named Finley. We call him Finn for short. My mom is Finnish and it's fun to call him "Finn" for that reason. :) Beautiful blonde haired, brown eyed little sunshine!" Mar. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Finley. I LOVE the name! He is almost 2 1/2 years old and when asked his name he says Finley although we can him "Finn" or "Finny"." Sep. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My last name is Finley and I hope to one day get married and have a daughter or a son and which ever it is I plan to name them Finley, after my maiden name. I have always wanted to keep my last name alive and since my dad had 2 daughters and no one to carry on the name I've decided to name my child after it." Sep. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son, born in Ottawa in November 2004, Finley. There is a lot of French on one side of the family while my side is Irish, French, Scottish and Ojibway. As his first and last names are French, we decided to give him a middle name of Finley and that is what we use as his moniker. His nicknames include Finster, Fin de la Bin, and Fin. He was born with very dark hair but it later became very fair and he has big brown eyes. He is our fair haired warrior and he has a lovely, bright personality. I heard that in England the name means sunshine and that certainly describes our lad." Jul. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ohh God I love This Name it's my nephew's he's nearly fourth months and he really suits it we spell it finley and pronounce it the same and like you all said blonde hair blue eyes Gorgeous Love itt <3 xxx" Jun. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have just called our little boy Finley, it seems to be quite a popular name at the moment." Jun. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Finley. We didn't know what we were having and thought it would be great for a boy or girl. When she was born, it just seemed to fit and I can't imagine her with any other name." Jun. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son Finley was born 7 Aug 2008. We were looking for a traditional name that wasn't very common and had some significant meaning. Finley fit the bill perfectly, and his looks match his name." Apr. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 50 year old Finley, who also is nicknamed Finn, Finnster, Finike, Finnstick( college days) I am from the South. This was my Grandmothers maiden name. God Bless all your Finn's." Apr. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Add another Finley to the group. Born 1/8/2009 - we weren't sure on his name until we saw him. My other two boys are blonde and blue eyed so we were sure #3 would be as well (or he was the mailman's and my wife was in trouble). When we saw his white hair and blue eyes, Finley was a better fit than Liam. We now have our fair-haired warrior. Can't wait to see him in his wee kilt for the baptism." Jan. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 18 week old son is named Finley. We loved the name with the option of the nickname "Finn". Everyone loves the unique name we chose. We get many comments on this great name!" Oct. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 5 month old boy is called finley, I think it's a great name plus nick name "finn" too, most mates take the mick saying it's a black mans name but it's originaly Gaelic meaning "white warrior" so if anyone gets the same problem ignore them ;-))" May. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 4 year old is called Finley or Finn for short, like someone else said some people call him Finlay though... not sure why!?! He suits his name perfectly as he is also Blonde haired and Blue eyed!" Dec. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son Finley is 1 year old with the darkest brown eyes you have ever seen, olive skin and the most auburn red hair you have ever seen! He is a unique looking baby with a unique name!" Dec. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter's name is Finley & everyone we meet loves it!" Oct. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Finley and LOVE IT! I also call him Finn as a nickname." Sep. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Finley and his nickname is Finn and I LOVE IT" May. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I actually have a DAUGHTER whom i named Finley Star.. And it really suits her! I know it's not a unisex name, but we dont know any other Finley/Finlay/Finn/Flynn's etc, so we dont know any different! I knew I was having a girl, and 2 days before her birth the name came to mind and just seemed to fit. It really suits her and I just love it! :)" May. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sons name is finley can anyone thinking of using it please consider another name as i dont want it to get too popular! thanku!" Apr. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sons name is finley can anyone thinking of using it please consider another name as i dont want it to get too popular! thanku!" Apr. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son's name is Finley and we love it. It suits him perfectly. It's different and I never have to worry about anyone getting him confused with another classmate." Jan. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have decided to call our baby boy Finley, I adore it and my family are all scottish which is where it decends from. Very trendy, without being naff!" Jan. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a son named Finley and so far the only thing i have noticed is people often get it confused with Finlay! Finley is pronounced Finlee and Finlay is pronounced FinlAy" Nov. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name. Love it--as my Grandmother said, it's unique without being weird" Apr. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love this name for a boy.Prefer FINLAY for spelling ." Mar. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "Well my real name is Finlay but I can be called fin. I remember everyone is school and my sports clubs would spell my name a boy by the way" Jul. 24, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our lovely son is Finnley we spel it with two N's. I thought I would call him Finn but so far at 18 months he is Finnley most of the time it is a great name" Sep. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my 1year old son is called Finley and we love it , its so different but not odd. He is the most beautiful blonde haired , blue eyed angel. A real wee giggle bug and perfect brother to Hollie and Luke my other kids." May. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Flynn, similar but different if you are seeking an alternative. We love it." Apr. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are 17 weeks pregnant and if we have a girl we are planning on using Finlee Jean. My moms middle name is Lee and my husbands grandma who just passed her middle name was Jean. I loved all the comment and I can't wait to find out if ill have a little Finlee!!" Apr. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When my neice told us she was calling her first-born boy Finley, I thought it was a joke, and a completely made up name. I take that back. I see from some baby name websites that it actually goes back a very long way in the Gael cultures. You live and learn....." Aug. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Finley, and I am 50 years old. Some people misspell it "Finlay" or "Findley." As a child many people called me "Fin," which I spell with one "n" rather than two. Some people who have known me since childhood call me "Fin," but I always give my name as "Finley" and that's what almost everyone calls me. Most of my friends don't know anyone else named Finley. I've only met one other Finley, many years ago. People find it very easy to remember my name, which is a problem for me because I am very bad at remembering other people's names. In Spain there is a brand of tonic water named Finley. Many times people have asked my name, and when I've said "Finley" they've responded "No, what's your first name?" I respond "That IS my first name." It hasn't happened lately, maybe because more people have heard of the name, or because there are more unusual names going around in general. My best wishes to everyone else named Finley." Jan. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 15 month-old son is names Finley. We also call him Finn. Blonde hair, blue eyes and born to play in the water...couldn't have suited him better. The name is gaelic, but also has Norwegian orgins; Laplands of the north." Sep. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 4 yr old son's name is Finlay but I wish I had spelt it as Finley cos everyone calls him FinLAY which drives me insane. But its not meant to be pronounced as Finlee either! We use the traditional spelling/pronunciation as it is a scottish name but here in Australia people say it phonetically without knowing the 'proper' pronunciation. I guess it boils down to personal preference when you decide how you want it said. I also hope the name doesnt become popular because I think it's the best name....unique without being kooky and weird. (oh and yes, despite correcting people, and saying it in front of them, they still pronounce it their own way and not the way the parent wants it. what's that about???)" May. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Finlay too and we also pronounce it as it is written. Nice to know that someone else gets totally annoyed about it when people pronounce it Finlee!! Also good to know others pronounce it the same as us! :-) Love the name!!!" Apr. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2yr old son is called Finlay, he really suits the name but it really annoys me when people call him Finley. We called him Finlay as we liked the pronounciation more than Finley, but everyone gets it wrong even after being told that it's pronounced FinLAY they still say FinLEE. It really wicks me off!!!" Jan. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 4 year old is called Finley or Finn for short, like someone else said some people call him Finlay though... not sure why!?! He suits his name perfectly as he is also Blonde haired and Blue eyed!" Dec. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 16 week old son is named Finley. I love it. It's different and very suiting to his blonde hair and blue eyes." Aug. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Finley (fair haired warrier) i think it is a great name, very masculine I also shorten it to Fin which is affectionate and not so formal. Many people spell it Finlay (which can be used as a girls name)." Dec. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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