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Fairlie Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from any of several places in Scotland so called (see Fairley). Possibly also an Americanized spelling of South German Fährle, Värli, a metonymic occupational name for a hog farmer, from a diminutive of Middle High German varch ‘pig’, ‘piglet’.

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


Similar surnames: Fairley, Faille, Harle, Faile, Bailie, Maire, Fallin, Haidle, Ainslie

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Where is the Fairlie family from?

You can see how Fairlie families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fairlie family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Fairlie families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1880 there were 10 Fairlie families living in New York. This was about 48% of all the recorded Fairlie's in USA. New York had the highest population of Fairlie families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fairlie surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fairlie ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Engineer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fairlie. 43% of Fairlie men worked as an Engineer and 100% of Fairlie women worked as a 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

  • Engineer
    43%
  • Laborer
    29%
  • Farmer
    29%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    100%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Fairlie. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fairlie 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Fairlie. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Fairlie. For the veterans among your Fairlie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fairlie lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Fairlie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Fairlie in 1962 was 72, and 80 in 2004.

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