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Finlayson Family History

Finlayson Surname Meaning

Scottish: from the Gaelic personal name Fionnlagh (see Finley 1 and Finlay ) + -son. This is the Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic MacFhionnlaigh.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Finlinson, Fenlason, Gladson, Lawson, Gilkison, Mcglasson, Gislason

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Where is the Finlayson family from?

You can see how Finlayson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Finlayson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Finlayson families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1891 there were 97 Finlayson families living in London. This was about 23% of all the recorded Finlayson's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Finlayson families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Finlayson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Finlayson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Police Constable and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Finlayson. 22% of Finlayson men worked as a Police Constable and 71% of Finlayson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Finlayson were Metal Turner General Engineering and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Police Constable
    22%
  • Mechanical Engineer
    16%
  • Builders Labourer H W
    11%
  • Metal Turner General Engineering
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Private Means
    7%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Finlayson. For the veterans among your Finlayson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Finlayson lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Finlayson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Finlayson in 1955 was 71, and 80 in 2004.

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