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I think Finley is a really cute name. I'd prefer it on a pet, especially a pet shark (not that people should have pet sharks; they really belong in the ocean). But I'm also okay with it as a name for a human of any gender.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2018
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Ugh, another stupid "pet" name that is popular among Americans. I hate it.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2018
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Where does it say Finley means 'sunbeam' just interested.
― Anonymous User  8/19/2018
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It sounds unpleasantly weird on a boy, and on a girl, it's not only weirder but also too masculine. Relatively trendy.
cdawg  12/14/2017
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Finley is a great name. Personally I prefer it for my daughter and wouldn't name my son Finley. One of the great things about being a parent is the process of choosing your baby's name. We have chosen Finley because we like the idea of our daughter's having a tomboy-ish name. Also the meaning of "warrior" is not just for men these days. We have women in the military and I am a father who will continue to encourage my daughters to be strong, brave, and courageous (as a warrior would be). The idea that an American would steal an Irish/Scottish/English name from a country and desecrate it by naming a girl by it is ridiculous! I, myself, happen to be mostly Scottish and Irish with enough English heritage to have the last name. I'm pretty sure I qualify to use this name no matter what country I was born in.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2017
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I've never really understood why people get so angry when unisex names come up. Names change over time. Carol was once a boy's name, are you going to get mad at people who name their daughters Carol? What about Beverly? Florence?

Things change. Names can work for more than one gender. Try accepting it instead of getting angry about something that hardly matters.
― Anonymous User  2/9/2017
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Only Americans are stupid and arrogant enough to take a 1000 year old boy name and put it on girls. It's disrespectful to the Irish and Scottish people and their heritage, but they don't care as long as they get what they want. So typical.
― Anonymous User  12/31/2016
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It's a boy's name. It has always been a boy's name. Although it's a masculine name (meaning fair haired warrior) I can see how the meaning could suit many little girls these days too. Who is anyone to judge.
Finley as a first name is not a new thing. It has always been a first name as well as a surname - like 'Scott, Ross and Russell.'
― Anonymous User  10/22/2016
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The name is great. So many people love this for my DAUGHTER. Totally a gender neutral name. Anyone who disagrees better get with the progressive nature of names these days. I love it. My friends and family love it. No one who's heard the name has ever said anything wrong about and personally wouldn't care if anyone would. It suits her well. She had a rough beginning to life but fought her way through. And came into this world with fire red hair. She's my "fair haired warrior".
― Anonymous User  8/18/2016
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Hate it. One of the most childish names I've ever heard.
Luvbug86  8/5/2016
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I honestly don't understand why people keep thinking this should be a males only name? It sounds pretty gender-neutral to me. It really doesn't make any sense. If I happen to be somewhat "in the wrong", please explain to me why I may be.
starbean  7/9/2016
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Finley is pretty much my favorite boy's name of all time. Ever. Period. SOOO not a girl's name.
ThatOneAuthorGirl  7/4/2016
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I love that some people get bent out of shape when others like "Finley" for a girl. I love it because it leaves the critics powerless. To me, it sounds masculine and feminine and I love it for this reason. It reminds me of two things. One: Huckleberry Finn, which inspires boys and girls in a tomboyish way. And two: a "fin" is on the back of a fish, dolphin, shark, whale, etc, and a fin gives direction and guidance to male and female beings. Adding "ly" or "ley" at the end of "fin" attributes a "fin" characteristic to a person (male or female). It's only when you characterize these two parts of the name used together through the tradition of England/Scotland/Wales/Netherlands, that you adopt a limiting attitude to it being only male. That's your loss, not the loss of the baby girl with this name. "Finn" is boyish and tomboyish, as Huckleberry Finn proved when his character inspired both sexes.
FinleyFinn  5/26/2016
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I like it, but it sounds a bit plain to my ears. Personally I think this is a much better spelling than Finlay, which reminds my of the word "flay."
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
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Hey everyone, my name is Finley and yes, I am female! I was born in 1993 way, way, way before the name became popular. My mum always told me the name was in her baby name book under the girl's section and it has Irish origins and means sunbeam. Plus she defends herself saying there was a character on a current TV program at the time and the male lead was called Finlay... spelt with an 'a' not an e so that convinced her the female version must be spelt with an e. However, I must confess I have never met another female called Finley. Shame really, because I love my name. It is so unique for a girl. I am British also.
Finley93  4/5/2016
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My name is Finley and I love my name. I am male.
Silvernight  2/20/2016
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How is Finley being used for girls? American parents are smoking too much weed.
― Anonymous User  6/11/2015
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Finley is definitely a boys name. Not my opinion, but just a straight up fact. You better get it out of your heads real quick that not every name is genderless or contains no racial or religious backgrounds. Otherwise, I'd feel real sorry for you. If you can't understand a little thing called "society" then you better move to someplace where it's completely isolated.

Some names are in fact tied to a certain race. Some names are in fact tied to a certain religical background. Some names are tied to a certain location. And believe it or not, some names are tied to a certain gender.
If you can't understand that concept then I don't know what to tell you. If you wish to convey stress onto your child for their name, have at it
― Anonymous User  5/27/2015
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Naming your daughter Finley is the equivalent to naming her Stanley. Definitely a boy's name.
twlightblack11  5/24/2015
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I personally love this name and I'd name my daughter this in a heartbeat. And since most of the comments are on the topic of "this name is too masculine to be feminine", to me, names don't have a gender or race. It's all just up to our opinions. If you want to name your daughter Daniel or your son Sally, you go right ahead. If you're white and want to name your kid Sachiko or if you're Japanese and want to name your kid Juan then go for it! Don't go around telling people what they should or shouldn't do with their children's names! Also, don't start up something like "If you name your kid that, they'll surely get bullied on the school yard!" Honestly, why should they have to stop their dream of naming their beautiful baby their favorite name when we should be teaching our children to not bully? I'm pretty sure an uncommon name never hurt anybody, but bullying can really sting!
AshlynnNicole  2/1/2015
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It's ok if you name your daughter Finley. Go ahead, I'm not you! Personally, I think Finley is a masculine name. It just sounds like a boy name! But it is true how a lot of masculine names are becoming more common for girls (such as Riley, Taylor, Ariel). Even Lynn and Evelyn were once considered masculine!
You know how you said about naming daughters Daniel and sons Sally? Ehhh, out of hand. If you like the name Daniel so much, why don't you name your girl Danielle or Daniela? Many names have masculine/feminine forms of each other.
SH2237  6/9/2015
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I don't like this name on a girl at all. Please, please do not name your daughter Finley.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2015
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There must be an error in the server.
This is definitely a males' name. Not remotely feminine or unisex

Americans: stop giving your daughters such masculine names!
― Anonymous User  9/7/2014
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Better suited as a masculine name. I see nothing feminine in this name.
Missy  9/7/2014
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Finley was the first name of my great (x 5) grandfather, born in 1750 in Scotland. He was a sea captain. I named my son in honor of him. I hardly think it is a wimpy or feminine name, and was certainly a first name before it became a surname.
rowannrose  3/5/2012
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This name is really cool. I like it and the nickname Finn.
Chrila96  11/20/2010
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As of 2008, this name was more commonly given to girls.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2010
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I love this name! This is my best friend's name, and he's not wimpy, a rich kid, or stuck up. Fin is the perfect nickname for this name, as well. I can't think of any reasons not to like this name.
blcc_2009  12/21/2008
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I don't understand how this can be a first name. Why is it that surnames suddenly become popular and used as given names? It's not even that appealing, anyways. It either reminds me of a snobbish rich kid or the wimpiest midget you could possibly think of.
GunsnRoses8794  11/27/2008
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The last comment is incorrect. Finlay was originally a first name. The surname comes from the first name.

http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=Finlay
― Anonymous User  12/9/2008
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Finley is the name of one of Lisa Marie Presley's newborn twin daughters (born in 2008.)
― Anonymous User  10/24/2008
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I like this name a lot. This spelling looks nicer than Finlay, and the name is short and simple, and it's mature and sophisticated without being snobby or pretentious. It's got some old-fashioned charm to it as well. The nickname Finn is nice.
slight night shiver  4/22/2008
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I love this name on a girl. On a boy it sounds too wimpy.
darcedarce  3/11/2008
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The fact is it's a nice name. You can't deny, though, that it's uncommon.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2007
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This is my last name though I think it would be a good name for a girl as well as a boy.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2007
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I prefer this name for a boy and trying to understand why girls are being given this name.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2006
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Finley is the first name of actress Holly Marie Combs' son, Finley Arthur Donoho.
sarahbell05  5/3/2006
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This is the name of actress Angie Harmon's first daughter. Her full name is Finley Faith Sehorn.
celeria  10/7/2005
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The usage of this name is mostly second names and hardly first.
GIUSEPPINA  6/3/2005
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Finley has been widely used as a first name for a long time. I disagree with the user who claims otherwise.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2006

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