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#1 evanesco

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

What's your preference in spelling?

#2 JuliaD

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:12 PM


Finlay looks too much like a surname to me.

#3 CatMumma

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

We have a Finlay.

#4 Gudrun

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

Love, love, love either way.   All I can say is maybe Finlay looks better but Finley will only be pronounced one way.

#5 Rainbow Brite

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

Love Finley and goes beautifully with Noah.

#6 asdf89

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:16 PM

Maybe it's just me - but I'd pronounce them differently.
Finlay = Fin-lay
Finley = Fin-lee
How do you want to pronounce it?

#7 Just Another Cat

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:19 PM

QUOTE (asdf89 @ 06/12/2012, 07:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe it's just me - but I'd pronounce them differently.
Finlay = Fin-lay
Finley = Fin-lee
How do you want to pronounce it?

Me too.
I prefer Finley.

#8 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:52 PM


#9 evanesco

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:04 PM

I wanted it prn Fin-lee, I was under the impression (perhaps naively) Finley was feminine with the whole unisex name thing happening lately.

Edited by evanesco, 10 December 2012 - 07:07 PM.

#10 la di dah

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:09 PM

I think of Finlay as pronounced fin-lee. I have a (older, male) cousin of my mother's by that name.

I suspect that all spellings etc. will be picked up by girls at least somewhat, I've seen both -lay and -ley versions used for girls. Like Elliot/Emerson/Riley/Asher and so on, I'd not count on girls (especially American girls) being named just one of the spellings. But that wouldn't keep me from naming a boy any of those if I wanted to.

Of the two I prefer Finlay. Of Fin- names in general my favourites are Finian/Finnian, Finnegan, and Phineas.

#11 MuppetGirl

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:11 PM

Finley original.gif

#12 MrsShine

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

I currently know two small boys both called Finley (prn with a lee not lay sound) one is spelt Finlay and the other Finley. I thinly Finley is the more obvious spelling - Finlay was Isla Fisher's character on Home & Away years ago so to me the more feminine spelling & probably more confusing of you're expecting the "lee" pronunciation.

#13 eachschoolholidays

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:13 PM


#14 lactasticmama

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:14 PM


#15 MrsLexiK

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

QUOTE (MrsShine @ 06/12/2012, 10:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I currently know two small boys both called Finley (prn with a lee not lay sound) one is spelt Finlay and the other Finley. I thinly Finley is the more obvious spelling - Finlay was Isla Fisher's character on Home & Away years ago so to me the more feminine spelling & probably more confusing of you're expecting the "lee" pronunciation.

No it wasn't she played Shannon Reed.
OP I would pronounce Finlay as lay not lee.

#16 Maddy'sMum

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

I have a Finnley, which gets shortened to Finn.  wink.gif

#17 Bel Rowley

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

Slight preference for Finley.

#18 ~faerydust~

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

Finley. I also read Finlay as Fin-lay.

#19 emlis22

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:34 AM

Finley. Great name too btw.

Finlay is Finn-lay and too surnamey for me.

#20 Iris37

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

Id probably spell it Finlay  original.gif

#21 BreezaH

Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:31 AM

Finlay on H&A was Irene's daughter. It's sort of sad that I remember that.

#22 kerilyntaryn

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:26 PM


#23 black cherry

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:30 PM


#24 WithSprinkles

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:57 AM

I'd also pronounce Finlay as Fin-lay so if you want the pronunciation to be Fin-lee, I'd go with Finley. Though I don't think the spelling of Finley is as common as Finlay so that may be an issue?

I'm a fan of just Finn as a name. Then you wouldn't have the same issues re pronunciation/spelling (though I spose some people might just use one "n" but that is less common).

#25 TurtleTamer

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:14 AM

I'd go Finley for ease of pronunciation.  I know Finlay is correctly pronounced the same but the H&A reference will forever have a kid with that spelling pronounced as Fin-lay here.

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