Thomas Finley

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Finley was born in 1684, in Ireland, his father, Captain Robert Finley, was 18 and his mother, Jane Ann Storte, was 25. He had at least 3 sons and 3 daughters with Jane. He died on 7 August 1764, in Windgate, County Kildare, Ireland, at the age of 80.

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Thomas Finley
John Finley
James Finley
David Finley
Susan Finley
Catherine Finley
Sarah Finley

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    Exclusion of Catholics from Parliament and all professions.


    Catholics hold just 7% of land in Ireland.

    Name Meaning

    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’).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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