[ 2 syll. fi-nlay, fin-l-ay ] The baby boy name Finlay is pronounced as FIHNLiy- †. Finlay is largely used in English, Irish, and Scottish. Its origin is Celtic. The meaning of Finlay is fair warrior. It is derived from the words 'fionn' which means white, fair ; 'laogh' warrior. The name is Anglicized from the Gaelic Fionnlagh. It is the traditional name borne by the father of Macbeth, King of Scotland. Mac Fhionnlaigh is a Gaelic surname Anglicized as MacKinlay.
Finlay is an English variant transcription of the name Fionnlagh (Irish, Scottish, English, and Gaelic).
The name Finlay is widely used; it has 26 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. English variant transcriptions of Finlay include Fin, Findlay (also used in Scottish), Findlea, Findlee, Findley, Findli, Findlie, Findly, Finlea, Finlee, Finleigh, Finli, Finlie, Finly, Finn, Finnlea, Finnlee, Finnley, Finnli, Finnlie, Finnly, and Fynlay. Other English forms include the familiar form Lee, and the spelling variant Finley (also used in Irish, and Scottish). Fionnla (Irish and Scottish) and Fionnlagh (Irish and Scottish) are variant transcriptions of the name that are used in other languages.
Finlay is not often used as a baby boy name. It is not listed within the top 1000. In 2018, out of the family of boy names directly related to Finlay, Finn was the most regularly used.
Baby names that sound like Finlay include Finlea, Finlee, Finley, Finli, Finlie, Finly, Fanuel, Finnlea, Finnlee, Finnley, Finnli, Finnlie, Finnly, and Fynlay.
† Pronunciation for Finlay: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"