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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fair"y
Senses
  1. Enchantment; illusion.(Obs)"The God of her has made an end, And fro this worlde's fairy Hath taken her into company." [Gower.]
  2. The country of the fays; land of illusions.(Obs)"He [Arthur] is a king y-crowned in Fairy." [Lydgate.]
  3. An imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of mankind; a fay. See Elf, and Demon."The fourth kind of spirit [is] called the Fairy." [K. James.]"And now about the caldron sing, Like elves and fairies in a ring." [Shak.]
  4. An enchantress.(Obs)"No goblin or swart fairy of the mine Hath hurtful power over true virginity." [Milton.]

Etymology: OE. fairie faierie, enchantment, fairy folk, fairy, OF. faerie enchantment, F. féer, fr. LL. Fata one of the goddesses of fate. See Fate, and cf. Fay a fairy

adjective Fair"y
Senses
  1. Of or pertaining to fairies.
  2. Given by fairies; as, fairy money.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
  2. Offensive term for a homosexual man
Wiktionary

From Middle English fairie, from Old French faerie, from fae + -erie, from Vulgar Latin Fāta (“goddess of fate”), from Latin fātum (“fate”).

English from ca. 1300, first in the sense of "enchantment, illusion, dream" and later "realm of the fays, fairy-land" or "the inhabitants of fairyland as a collective". The re-interpretation of the term as a countable noun denoting individual inhabitants of fairy-land can be traced to the 1390s, but becomes common only in the 16th century.

  1. (uncountable, obsolete) The realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.
  2. A mythical being with magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as small and spritely with gauze-like wings, and revered in some modern forms of paganism; a sprite.
  3. (Northern England, US, derogatory, colloquial) A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
  4. Two species of hummingbird in the genus Heliothryx.

Notable Persons Named Fairy

Fairy was born on April 25th, 1872 in Worcester, Western Cape. He breathed his last breath on August 19th, 1951.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Fairy

Twig the Fairy is a children's literature and fantasy author. Twig is also known as Twig Oaklyn Flewinia Thistlebottom.

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How popular is the baby name Fairy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 5 0
1883 10 10 0
1884 7 7 0
1885 8 8 0
1886 12 12 0
1888 6 6 0
1889 13 13 0
1890 13 13 0
1891 11 11 0
1892 15 15 0
1893 16 16 0
1894 11 11 0
1895 11 11 0
1896 21 21 0
1897 22 22 0
1898 19 19 0
1899 21 21 0
1900 24 24 0
1901 14 14 0
1902 20 20 0
1903 11 11 0
1904 22 22 0
1905 32 32 0
1906 25 25 0
1907 26 26 0
1908 29 29 0
1909 31 31 0
1910 29 29 0
1911 28 28 0
1912 33 33 0
1913 37 37 0
1914 46 46 0
1915 52 52 0
1916 57 57 0
1917 80 80 0
1918 75 75 0
1919 51 51 0
1920 70 70 0
1921 64 64 0
1922 73 73 0
1923 58 58 0
1924 64 64 0
1925 53 53 0
1926 59 59 0
1927 46 46 0
1928 55 55 0
1929 55 55 0
1930 48 48 0
1931 55 55 0
1932 55 55 0
1933 36 36 0
1934 39 39 0
1935 39 39 0
1936 20 20 0
1937 29 29 0
1938 31 31 0
1939 39 39 0
1940 35 35 0
1941 24 24 0
1942 21 21 0
1943 28 28 0
1944 21 21 0
1945 14 14 0
1946 19 19 0
1947 26 26 0
1948 16 16 0
1949 16 16 0
1950 15 15 0
1951 17 17 0
1952 18 18 0
1953 14 14 0
1954 15 15 0
1955 18 18 0
1956 16 16 0
1957 8 8 0
1958 8 8 0
1959 11 11 0
1960 11 11 0
1961 8 8 0
1962 11 11 0
1963 11 11 0
1964 9 9 0
2012 6 6 0
2015 5 5 0
2016 10 10 0
2017 10 10 0

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Popularity of Fairy as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Fairy

  • How Popular is the name Fairy? Fairy is the 6,060th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Fairy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,372 babies born with the first name Fairy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fairy to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fairy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Fairy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fairy is Tuesday, January 21st, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Fairy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fairy was in 1917 with a total of 80 babies.
  • Random Fairy Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fairy is not a popular baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Fairy: Your name in reverse order is Yriaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ifyar. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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