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Origin and Meaning of Fey

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  • A submission from Colorado, United States says the name Fey means "Magic" and is of Irish (Gealic) origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Fey
Fated; doomed.

Etymology: AS. fǣga, Icel. feigr, OHG. feigi

noun Fey

Etymology: See Fay faith

verb Fey
To cleanse; to clean out.

Etymology: Cf. Feague

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness ("the fey quality was there, the ability to see the moon at midday")
  2. Slightly insane

From Middle English fey (“fated to die”), from Old English fǣge (“doomed to die, timid”), from Proto-Germanic *faigijaz (“cowardly, wicked”), from Proto-Indo-European *pAik-, *pAig- (“ill-meaning, bad”). Akin to Old Saxon fēgi whence Dutch veeg (“doomed, near death”), Old High German feigi (“appointed for death, ungodly”) whence German feige (“cowardly”), Old Norse feigr (“doomed”) whence the Icelandic feigur (“doomed to die”), Old English fāh (“outlawed, hostile”). More at foe.

Middle English faie, fei (“a place or person possessed with magical properties”), from Middle French feie, fee (“fairy", "fae”). More at fairy.

  1. Fairy folk collectively.

    fey was also found in the following language(s): Mapudungun, Scots, and Volapük

    Notable Persons Named Fey

    Fey is a latin pop, mexican pop music, dance music, and electronica musician. She was most prominent from 1995 to present. Fey was given the name María Fernanda Blázquez Gil on July 21st, 1973.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Fey

    Tina Fey is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She was most active from 1997 to present. Tina was given the name Elizabeth Stamatina Fey on May 18th, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States.


    Morgaine le Fey is a comics character.


    Fey is a latin pop, mexican pop music, dance music, and electronica musician. She was most prominent from 1995 to present. Fey was given the name María Fernanda Blázquez Gil on July 21st, 1973.


    Karl Valentin was a comedian, author, and film producer. Karl was given the name Valentin Ludwig Fey on June 4th, 1882 in Munich. He passed away on February 9th, 1948.


    Barry was born in 1938. He left this life on April 28th, 2013.


    Willi was born on September 25th, 1920 in Lollar. He breathed his last breath on April 29th, 2002.


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    Popularity of Fey as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Fey U.S.
      White 94.26% 64.26%
      African American 0.70% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.09% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.22% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.17% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.56% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Fey

    People with the last name Fey are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Fey

    • How Popular is the name Fey? Fey is the 36,575th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fey was the 9,108th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Fey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 100 babies born with the first name Fey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fey to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1997 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
    • When was Fey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fey is Saturday, October 1st, 1887.
    • What year had the most people named Fey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fey was in 1999 with a total of 12 babies.
    • Random Fey Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fey is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1998.
    • Weird things about the name Fey: Your name in reverse order is Yef. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fye. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Fey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,588 people with the last name Fey.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Fey as their last name.

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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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