When William Finley was born about 1756, in Virginia, United States, his father, Archibald Finley, was 19 and his mother, Sarah A. Barnhill, was 19. He married Rosanna Vise on 13 November 1788, in Frederick, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 17 October 1808, in Harrison District, Charles City County, Virginia, United States, at the age of 53.
Scottish and Irish: from the Gaelic personal name Fionnlagh (Old Irish Findlaech), from fionn ‘white, fair’ (see Finn ) + laoch ‘hero’, reinforced by an Old Norse name based on finn ‘Finn’ + leikr ‘fight’ or ‘hero’. The name is common in Ireland as well as Scotland.
English: habitational name from one or more lost, unidentified or altered placenames so named, such as Philleyholme, Dorset (recorded as Finelegh in 1280) derived from Old English fīna ‘wood-pecker’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Also a variant of Findlow, from Finlow Hill in Over Alderley, Cheshire (from Old English fīn ‘heap’ + hlāw ‘mound, hill’ meaning ‘heaped mound’).
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