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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage English, Irish
Other Forms FormsFaire, Fayre, Fayer, Phair, Fhinn, Fionn

Meaning & History

English: nickname meaning ‘handsome’, ‘beautiful’, ‘fair’, from Middle English fair, fayr, Old English fæger. 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 Finn, a variant of Mag Fhinn (see McGinn).
Added 10/10/2013 by babycrookston
Edited 4/28/2024 by Mike C, LMS and babycrookston