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snowscene Mon 03-Mar-08 15:00:58

I don't know where I stand on this one- I like like Finn as a nick name but I'm not sure if Finlay itself is a bit common. It's on hubbie's list at the moment, and I'm trying to decide.

DiscoDizzy Mon 03-Mar-08 15:01:43

I have a friend whose son is Finlay, in fact I know two of them.

mylittlepudding Mon 03-Mar-08 15:02:22

Common as in frequently occurring or common as in muck?

I like it, FWIW. Do you have older, dc, does it go?

scorpio1 Mon 03-Mar-08 15:02:29

i know 2 Finlay's.

fedupwasherwoman Mon 03-Mar-08 15:16:36

Define "common" please and then we can help youo with your enquiry.

mazzystar Mon 03-Mar-08 15:17:52

there are a few of them, but like loads of names its popular because its really nice.

branflake81 Mon 03-Mar-08 15:18:04

Not a big fan.

expatinscotland Mon 03-Mar-08 15:18:41

VERY common now.

SixSpotBurnet Mon 03-Mar-08 15:19:21

Like it. I know a couple of them as well.

princessosyth Mon 03-Mar-08 15:22:52

Like it a lot.

It is climbing up the popularity chart but I only know of 2.

PortAndLemon Mon 03-Mar-08 15:24:39

Finlay and Finley are both top-60 names in England and Wales (far more popular in Scotland). It's up to you whether that's within your personal comfort zone of popularity.

If it's Finn you particularly like, you could just go with Finn as the given name, or use


or perhaps even Griffin

dirtygertiefromnumber30 Mon 03-Mar-08 15:28:48

waaa, ive got a finlay (5) and it wasnt popular AT ALL when we named him, now they are everywhere! Its not going to be helped by the 'Finley the farking firengine' cartoon either.

3andnomore Mon 03-Mar-08 15:44:55

I like Finlay, also liked Finn (but it reminded dh of fishfin, lol)....well,dh didn't like Finlay neither though, but we have a Flynn, and now that is a fabulous name you know

snowscene Mon 03-Mar-08 15:44:59

Thanks for all your answers......I'd forgotten about the Fire Engine one!! I suppose I mean a bit of both- common=lots of them and common= bit commonasmuck! I kind of associate it a bit with Harley, Bailey, Harvey type names, I suppose because of the ending.
I quite like the Finbar suggestion....Might suggest that to hubby.
Thanks again...

Rosbo Tue 04-Mar-08 18:01:48

finian is irish, I love the name actually.
Love Fin as a nickname too.

shreddies Tue 04-Mar-08 18:03:12

Finn is lovely but there are a lot of them about at the moment

bubblagirl Tue 04-Mar-08 18:19:03

i know the most amazing inspiring man called finlay i love the name

you could choose to spell it differently fynlay or fynlai i turned my ds name into something peole are oh you dont know many peole with the name spelt like that its lovely

i know i smile proudly not so common then

PaulaYatesBiggestFan Tue 04-Mar-08 18:21:23

what with finley
and finn there are A LOT around

PaulaYatesBiggestFan Tue 04-Mar-08 18:21:58

sorry but <shudder> at those spellings

Piffle Tue 04-Mar-08 18:26:17

I've got a Finn he is finbar. Not common around here at all. Depends on heritage DP is Irish hence the name

EHM Tue 04-Mar-08 18:26:30

Hi my nephew who is 2 is called Findlay after his great granpa. We call him finners, finbar & little lord findlay. He also gets called 'find Lee' by a lady who knows my sister but shes being serious.

dizzydixies Tue 04-Mar-08 18:47:28

what about Fionn? celtic spelling?

alfiesbabe Tue 04-Mar-08 20:09:32

Finian is lovely. Finlay and Finn = way too popular.

bouncingblueberries Tue 04-Mar-08 20:23:34

I only know one other apart from my ds. But we spell it with a d. Don't like the other spellings - it's a visual thing, prefer odd numbers.

If you like it as a name, does it really matter if some people think it's "common"? I think it's a beautiful name and when we chose it, we chose it because we like the sound and meaning of it, not to keep up with current name trends (or otherwise).

And both dh and I are of celtic origin, so the name fits our family well.

I just want to blow raspberries at "common as muck" comments.

Pen74 Tue 04-Mar-08 23:10:51

Lovely name. Not at all common (in the bad sense), quite the contrary!

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