Fay Name Meaning

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.

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


Similar surnames: Hay, Kay, May, Ray, Gay, Pay, Bay, Say, Foy, Day

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Fay Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fay name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fay. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    37%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    34%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • France

    4%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

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Fay Family Origin

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Fay Family Occupations

What did your Fay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Tailor and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fay. The most common Fay occupation in the UK was Labourer. 7% of Fay's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Fay family was Farmer.

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  • Labourer

    7%
  • Tailor

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Farmer

    2%

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Fay Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 200,000 census records available for the last name Fay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fay 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Fay. 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 30,000 military records available for the last name Fay. For the veterans among your Fay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fay Life Expectancy

What is the average Fay lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Fay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fay in 1940 was 53, and 78 in 2004.

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