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