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Fay Family History

Fay Name Meaning
English: nickname for a person believed to have supernatural qualities, from Middle English, Old French faie ‘fairy’ (Late Latin fata ‘fate’, ‘destiny’).English: nickname for a trustworthy person, from Middle English, Old French fei ‘loyalty’, ‘trust’.English (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in France named with Old French faie ‘beech’, or a topographic name from someone living by a beech wood. Compare Lafayette.Irish: variant of Fahey.Irish: variant of Fee.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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23,768 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Fay Families

  • Number of Fay families
     484 - 965
     162 - 483
     1 - 161
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Fay families
     214 - 426
     72 - 213
     1 - 71
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Fay families
     44 - 86
     15 - 43
     1 - 14
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Fay Family Origin

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Fay Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Fay

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Fay Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Fay Civil War Service Records

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