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Fairfax Name Meaning

English: nickname for someone with beautiful long hair, from Middle English fair feax ‘beautiful tresses’. This was a common descriptive phrase in Middle English; the alliterative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight refers to ‘fair fanning fax’ encircling the shoulders of the doughty warrior.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Fair, Fairey, Fairman, Farman, Fairall, Farrar, Fairbank, Havran

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Fairfax Family Origin

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Fairfax Family Occupations

What did your Fairfax ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Ag Labourer and Dressmaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fairfax. The most common Fairfax occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Fairfax's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Fairfax family was Farmer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Ag Labourer

  • Dressmaker

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Fairfax ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Fairfax Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Fairfax. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fairfax census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Fairfax. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Fairfax. For the veterans among your Fairfax ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fairfax Life Expectancy

What is the average Fairfax lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Fairfax life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Fairfax in 1946 was 34, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fairfax ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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