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SOURCE: Nickname & Other
OTHER FORMS: Faire, Fayre, Fayer, Phair, Fhinn, Fionn
Meaning & History
English: nickname meaning ‘handsome’, ‘beautiful’, ‘fair’, from Middle English fair
, 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 F(h)inn
, a variant of Mag Fhinn