Finlay, Findlay, Finlayson - Anglicised Surnames in Ireland

AuthorPadraig Mac Giolla-Domhnaigh
Date1923
SourceSome Anglicised Surnames in Ireland
Section

Finlay, Findlay, Finlayson—These names are the anglicised forms of Mac Fhionnlaigh, derived from fionn, fair and laich, a warrior.

The Norsemen assumed the name in the form of Finn-leikr. M'Kinlay and M'Ginlay are forms of the name, the latter name being assumed by a branch of the sept who settled in Donegal. They are a sept of the Clan Farquharson.

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