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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


Similar surnames: Hay, Kay, May, Ray, Gay, Pay, Bay, Say, Foy, Day

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Where is the Fay family from?

You can see how Fay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fay families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 153 Fay families living in Massachusetts. This was about 31% of all the recorded Fay's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Fay families in 1840.
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What did your Fay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fay. 12% of Fay men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Fay women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fay were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    12%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Fay. 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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There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Fay. For the veterans among your Fay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fay lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Fay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fay in 1940 was 53, and 78 in 2004.

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