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Updated March 27, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Old French : Fairy

How Popular Is The Name Fay

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.

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