Finley Family History

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Finley Name Meaning

Scottish: from the Gaelic personal name Fionnlagh (Old Irish Findlaech), composed of the elements fionn ‘white’, ‘fair’ (see Finn) + laoch ‘warrior’, ‘hero’, which seems to have been reinforced by an Old Norse personal name composed of the elements finn ‘Finn’ + leikr ‘fight’, ‘battle’, ‘hero’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Finney, Hanley, Manley, Iley, Winney, Fenley, Finner, Onley, Finkley

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Finley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Finley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Finley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Finley Family Origin

Where is the Finley family from?

Finley Family Occupations

What did your Finley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Finley. A less common occupation for the Finley family was Farming. The most common Finley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Finley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Finley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 183,000 census records available for the last name Finley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Finley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Finley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 40,000 military records available for the last name Finley. For the veterans among your Finley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Finley Life Expectancy

What is the average Finley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Finley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Finley in 1940 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Finley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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