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RachelS86 Mon 31-Dec-12 03:48:30

Lying in hospital bed in middle of lonnnng induction and my mind has turned to names. we have 3 on our short list one of which is Finley but just wondering what the correct/ most traditional spelling of it is as both. Spellings seem quite popular! Xx

mumof4sons Mon 31-Dec-12 13:15:35

I work in a school and we have a boy called Finley and another boy called Finlay. Finley pronounces the 'ley' as 'lee' and Finlay pronounces the 'lay' as 'lay'. So would imagine it all comes down to how you want it pronounced.

PopGoesTheWeeble Mon 31-Dec-12 14:27:22

I have an ey version if that helps! We pronounced it fin lee so ey made more sense to us.

You do get all kinds of spellings from others though, eg Findlay?!

AlexanderS Mon 31-Dec-12 18:40:49

Finley is the more common spelling (#34 in the name charts for England and Wales in 2011; 2,245 babies). Finlay was #66, with 967 babies called that.

Some other variants you might like:

Finn - #136 (469 babies)
Fintan - #944 (30 babies)
Finnian - #958 (29 babies)
Findlay - #999 (27 babies)
Finnegan - #2194 (9 babies)
Findley - #2613 (7 babies)
Finton - #2613 (7 babies)
Finbar - #2892 (6 babies)
Finnan - #2892 (6 babies)

MonaLotte Mon 31-Dec-12 18:43:46

I have a Findlay who we call Fin. It's my granny's maiden name so special to us. We are Scottish if that makes a difference?

MonaLotte Mon 31-Dec-12 18:45:28

Thanks for that Pop hmm

FortyFacedFuckers Mon 31-Dec-12 18:48:29

I like Finlay

Good Luck

RedLentil Mon 31-Dec-12 19:32:23

We have a Fintan, known as Finty-boy by his sisters grin and Finlay is a lovely version too.

amck5700 Mon 31-Dec-12 19:35:19

Being Scottish too, I would say the most popular spelling would be Findlay, followed by Finlay - it looks made up with the "e".

Was trying to find the Scottish stats but can only see to find the top 20 for some reason.

GimmeIrnBru Mon 31-Dec-12 19:36:13

Finlay. Have never came across one with the spelling Finley before.

fedupworking Tue 01-Jan-13 21:55:37

My 12 year old Grand Daughter is Finlay and we are Scottish

MissusBeee Wed 02-Jan-13 10:43:37

Finlay is the traditional Scottish spelling. Never known a Finley until I moved to England. It just looks made up to me!

badtime Wed 02-Jan-13 12:39:48

I find the pronunciation of 'Finlay' as 'Fin-lay' pretty strange - I had only ever heard it pronounced 'Fin-lee' (or local equivalent) until I moved to England (I'm from NI).

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 02-Jan-13 12:56:05


Though it is pronounced Fin-lee isn't it? confused

amck5700 Wed 02-Jan-13 13:07:35

Nope, it's pronounced FinLay smile

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 03-Jan-13 00:32:12

I am so confused! grin

I quite like just Finn to be honest OP.

AlexanderS Fri 04-Jan-13 16:38:42

Guessing you have had your little boy now OP! What did you go for in the end?

MrsMc82 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:14:42

ds is Finlay, and we pronounce it 'ley'.......... tho more often than not I call him Fin or Finners (not sure how the Finners started tbh but its stuck!)
people will selt it wrong quite often too whichever spellng you choose!
I hope the 'delivery' went well! smile

PaleHousewifeOfCumbriaCounty Sat 05-Jan-13 22:17:15

Awww we have a finlay, and hes fin, finners or finster! Good luck!

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