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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Fay Family Origin

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Fay Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    23%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Carpenter

    2%

In 1880, the most common Fay occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Fay's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Fay family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fay.

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fay

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