Fay

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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Fay

"Fay" is a name of French origin, and it means "Fairy or Elf". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fay
A fairy; an elf.

Etymology: F. fée. See Fate, and cf. Fairy

noun Fay
Faith; as, by my fay .

Etymology: OF. fei, F. foi. See Faith

verb Fay
To fit; to join; to unite closely, as two pieces of wood, so as to make the surface fit together.

Etymology: OE. feien, v.t. & i., AS. fēgan to join, unite; akin to OS. fōgian, D. voegen, OHG. fuogen, G. fügen, Sw. foga. See Fair, and cf. Fadge

verb Fay
To lie close together; to fit; to fadge; -- often with in into with, or together.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
Wiktionary
  1. An Anglo-Irish surname​, Anglicized from de Fae a Norman family that settled in Ireland.
  2. An Irish surname​, anglicized from Ó Fiaich and Ó Fathaigh.
  3. A female given name, pet form of Faith or Frances; often used as a middle name.

Notable Persons Named Fay

Fay Wray was an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1923. Fay was given the name Vina Fay Wray on September 15th, 1907 in Cardston. She breathed her last breath on August 8th, 2004.

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Fay Ripley is an actress and recipe author. She was most prominent from 1990 to present. Fay was born on February 26th, 1966 in Wimbledon, London.

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Fay Masterson is an actress. Fay was born on April 15th, 1974.

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Fay Spain was a film/tv actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to 1977. Fay was born on October 6th, 1932 in Phoenix, Arizona. She left this life on May 8th, 1983.

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Fay Bainter was an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1910 to 1961. Fay was given the name Fay Okell Bainter on December 7th, 1893 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She passed away on April 16th, 1968.

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Fay Vincent is a Commissioner of Baseball. Fay was born on May 29th, 1938 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Fay

Michael was born on May 30th, 1975 in St. Louis.

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Meagen Fay is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1982. Meagen was given the name Meagen Helen Fay in 1957 in Joliet, Illinois, United States.

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Morgan le Fay is a comics character.

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His career lasted from 1918 to 1918. Frank was given the name Francis Anthony Donner on November 17th, 1891 in San Francisco, California, U.S. He passed away on September 25th, 1961.

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Dorothy Fay was an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 1938 to 1941. Dorothy was given the name Dorothy Fay Southworth on April 4th, 1915 in Prescott, Arizona, USA. Dorothy is also known as Dorothy Faye and Dorothy Fay Ritter. She passed away on November 5th, 2003.

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Bill Fay is a progressive folk musician. He was most prominent from 1967 to 1971. Bill was given the name William Fay .

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 28 13 15
1881 33 18 15
1882 49 34 15
1883 43 28 15
1884 59 39 20
1885 66 48 18
1886 62 37 25
1887 64 47 17
1888 77 63 14
1889 103 84 19
1890 124 99 25
1891 113 92 21
1892 117 97 20
1893 124 89 35
1894 158 124 34
1895 144 121 23
1896 128 107 21
1897 154 141 13
1898 196 171 25
1899 162 139 23
1900 200 170 30
1901 177 151 26
1902 213 181 32
1903 226 190 36
1904 205 186 19
1905 243 215 28
1906 230 215 15
1907 272 257 15
1908 287 267 20
1909 274 246 28
1910 340 316 24
1911 366 339 27
1912 492 436 56
1913 510 427 83
1914 668 566 102
1915 842 701 141
1916 829 676 153
1917 831 689 142
1918 786 663 123
1919 808 660 148
1920 824 690 134
1921 740 612 128
1922 697 568 129
1923 718 596 122
1924 676 563 113
1925 725 606 119
1926 833 722 111
1927 762 665 97
1928 716 628 88
1929 734 654 80
1930 698 615 83
1931 713 630 83
1932 726 656 70
1933 687 608 79
1934 716 633 83
1935 614 543 71
1936 591 530 61
1937 597 550 47
1938 549 496 53
1939 543 501 42
1940 557 498 59
1941 472 429 43
1942 539 489 50
1943 509 471 38
1944 430 390 40
1945 367 335 32
1946 444 410 34
1947 453 420 33
1948 374 354 20
1949 435 402 33
1950 397 377 20
1951 412 392 20
1952 341 320 21
1953 320 302 18
1954 335 321 14
1955 284 263 21
1956 344 328 16
1957 281 265 16
1958 314 301 13
1959 272 260 12
1960 286 274 12
1961 262 246 16
1962 238 227 11
1963 219 210 9
1964 193 184 9
1965 160 155 5
1966 140 140 0
1967 120 111 9
1968 117 111 6
1969 92 82 10
1970 73 68 5
1971 75 69 6
1972 56 51 5
1973 54 54 0
1974 47 47 0
1975 50 50 0
1976 63 55 8
1977 52 52 0
1978 46 46 0
1979 31 31 0
1980 42 42 0
1981 32 32 0
1982 36 36 0
1983 35 35 0
1984 32 32 0
1985 32 32 0
1986 25 25 0
1987 27 27 0
1988 26 26 0
1989 29 29 0
1990 26 26 0
1991 20 20 0
1992 16 16 0
1993 16 16 0
1994 17 17 0
1995 15 15 0
1996 11 11 0
1997 17 17 0
1998 19 19 0
1999 13 13 0
2000 23 23 0
2001 17 17 0
2002 23 23 0
2003 25 25 0
2004 25 25 0
2005 16 16 0
2006 27 27 0
2007 26 26 0
2008 20 20 0
2009 26 26 0
2010 22 22 0
2011 26 26 0
2012 30 30 0
2013 26 26 0
2014 33 33 0
2015 25 25 0
2016 45 45 0
2017 26 26 0

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Popularity of Fay as a first name

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Popularity of Fay as a last name

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Common last names for Fay

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Cohen
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • White
  • Lee
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fay U.S.
  White 92.62% 64.26%
  African American 1.70% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.44% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.84% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fay

People with the last name Fay are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Fay

  • What name lists does Fay rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Fay? Fay is the 1,238th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fay was the 2,440th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 35,863 babies born with the first name Fay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fay to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 28 new born babies.
  • When was Fay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fay is Sunday, April 18th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Fay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fay was in 1926 with a total of 722 babies.
  • Random Fay Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fay ranks 101st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 12 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Fay: Your name in reverse order is Yaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fay. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,849 people with the last name Fay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fay? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Fay as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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