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Fair Family History

Fair Name Meaning

English: nickname meaning ‘handsome beautiful fair’ Middle English fair fayr Old English fæger. The word was also occasionally used as a personal name in Middle English applied to both men and women. Irish: translation into English of Gaelic fionn ‘fair’ which Woulfe describes as a ‘descriptive epithet that supplanted the real surname’ or a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac F(h)inn a variant of Mag Fhinn (see McGinn ).

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

Similar surnames: Farr, Fail, Hain, Cain, Hair, Fait, Faix, Mair, Fain, Nair

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Where is the Fair family from?

You can see how Fair families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fair family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fair families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 42 Fair families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Fair's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Fair families in 1840.
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What did your Fair ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fair. 20% of Fair men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Fair women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fair were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Cook
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 95,000 census records available for the last name Fair. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fair census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Fair. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Fair. For the veterans among your Fair ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fair lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Fair life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Fair in 1941 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

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