Origin:Irish
Popularity:264
Meaning:fair-haired courageous one
As with many unisex names, Finley started as a surname before parents began choosing it for their male offspring’s first name. In the mid-2000s, it started making waves as a first name for girls too. Even Shakespeare liked it, giving the name to MacBeth’s father (spelled “Fionnlagh”). It’s derived from Gaelic elements—“fionn” meaning “white" or "fair,” and “lagh” meaning “warrior.” And while it hasn’t lost its Irish personality, it sounds contemporary too. Chris O’Donnell of “NCIS: Los Angeles” went with it for his son in 2006, as well as singer Lisa Marie Presley when her daughter was born in 2008.

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Source: Social Security Administration

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