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Fun Facts about the name Fair

  • How many people with the first name Fair have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 46 babies born with the first name Fair in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fair? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1907 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Fair first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fair is Wednesday, November 14th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Fair born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fair was in 1924 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Fair: Your name in reverse order is Riaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fiar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fair? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,609 people with the last name Fair.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fair? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Fair as their last name.
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fair U.S.
  White 64.99% 64.26%
  African American 29.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.42% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.56% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fair

People with the last name Fair are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Fair" mean? The list below shows the origins of Fair as well as things modernly associated with the name Fair such as celebrities named Fair.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Fair
  1. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure."A fair white linen cloth." [Book of Common Prayer.]
  2. Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful."Who can not see many a fair French city, for one fair French made." [Shak.]
  3. Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin."The northern people large and fair-complexioned." [Sir M. Hale.]
  4. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day. "You wish fair winds may waft him over." [Prior.]
  5. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; -- said of a road, passage, etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view. "The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged." [Sir W. Raleigh.]
  6. [Shipbuilding] Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; -- said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.
  7. Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; -- said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement. "I would call it fairplay." [Shak.]
  8. Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; -- said of words, promises, etc."When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on us, we must be frighted into our duty." [L' Estrange.]
  9. Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.
  10. Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen."The news is very fair and good, my lord." [Shak.]
    synonyms: Candid; open; frank; ingenuous; clear; honest; equitable; impartial; reasonable. See Candid.

Etymology: OE. fair fayer fager, AS. fæger; akin to OS. & OHG. fagar, Icel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs fit, also to E. fay, G. fügen, to fit. fegen to sweep, cleanse, and prob. also to E. fang peace pact, Cf. Fang Fain Fay to fit

adverb Fair
Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.
noun Fair
  1. Fairness, beauty.(Obs)
  2. A fair woman; a sweetheart."I have found out a gift for my fair." [Shenstone.]
  3. Good fortune; good luck."Now fair befall thee !" [Shak.]
verb Fair
  1. To make fair or beautiful.(Obs)" Fairing the foul." [Shak.]
  2. [Shipbuilding] To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines.
noun Fair
  1. A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a particular place with their merchandise at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment, for trade.
  2. A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair; a church fair .
  3. A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair.
  4. an exhibition by a number of organizations, including governmental organizations, for the purpose of acquainting people with such organizations or their members, not primarily for commercial purposes; as, the 1939 World's Fair. "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis Meet me at the fair Don't tell me the lights are shining Anyplace but there." [Song (1904: words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Kerry Mills, popularized by Billy Murray. Prominent in the movie "Meet Me In St. Louis", 1944)]

Etymology: OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae, pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus festal. See Feast

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
  2. A sale of miscellany; often for charity
  3. A competitive exhibition of farm products ("she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair")
  4. Gathering of producers to promote business ("world fair", "trade fair", and "book fair")
  5. Join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly
  6. Very pleasing to the eye ("young fair maidens")
  7. (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored ("a fair complexion")
  8. Free of clouds or rain ("today will be fair and warm")
  9. (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines ("he hit a fair ball over the third base bag")
  10. Free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules ("a fair referee", "fair deal", "on a fair footing", "a fair fight", and "by fair means or foul")
  11. Gained or earned without cheating or stealing ("an fair penny")
  12. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections ("fair copy")
  13. Attractively feminine ("the fair sex")
  14. Not excessive or extreme ("a fairish income")
  15. Lacking exceptional quality or ability ("only a fair performance of the sonata" and "in fair health")
  16. Without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner ("deal fairly with one another")
  17. In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating ("they played fairly")

From Middle English fayr, feir, fager, from Old English fæġer (“fair, lovely, beautiful; pleasant, agreeable; attractive”), from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (“suitable, fitting, nice”), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂ḱ- (“to fasten, place”). Cognate with Scots fayr, fare (“fair”), Danish feir, faver, fager (“fair, pretty”), Norwegian fager (“fair, pretty”), Swedish fager (“fair, pretty”), Icelandic fagur (“beautiful, fair”), Umbrian pacer (“gracious, merciful, kind”), Slovak pekný (“good-looking, handsome, nice”).

  1. Something which is fair (in various senses of the adjective).
    When will we learn to distinguish between the and the foul?
  2. (obsolete) A woman, a member of the ‘fair sex’; also as a collective singular, women.
  3. (obsolete) Fairness, beauty.
  4. A fair woman; a sweetheart.
  5. (obsolete) Good fortune; good luck.

From Old French feire, from Latin fēriae.

  1. A community gathering to celebrate and exhibit local achievements.
  2. An event for public entertainment and trade, a market.
  3. An event for professionals in a trade to learn of new products and do business, a trade fair.
  4. A funfair, an amusement park.

    fair was also found in the following language(s): German and Irish

    Other Inspirations for the Name Fair

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    What does the name Fair mean?

    Fis for fun, your zest for life!

    Ais for adaptable, whenever things change

    Iis for intense, your zest of living.

    Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

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