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Where did the Scottish Fair family come from? What is the Scottish Fair family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fair family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fair family history?

The Fair surname is derived from the Middle English word "fair," or "fayr," from the Old English "fæger;" meaning "handsome," "beautiful," or "fair." As such, the name is generally considered to have originally been a nickname, although it was in occasional use as a personal name for both men and women.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Fair, Faire, Faires, Fayer, Fayers, Fairs, Fare, Phair, Phaire, Phayre, Phares and many more.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fair research. Another 228 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1234, 1333, and 1446 are included under the topic Early Fair History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fair Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Fair, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Joseph Fair landed in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • William Fair landed in Pennsylvania in 1774

Fair Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Fair, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802
  • Richard Fair, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • James Fair, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Ann Fair, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • William Fair, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812


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  • James Graham Fair (1831-1894), Irish-born, American overnight millionaire part-owner of the Comstock Lode, a United States Senator and a colorful real estate and railroad speculator
  • Ray Clarence Fair (b. 1942), American Professor of Economics at Yale University
  • Ronald L Fair (b. 1932), American novelist, short story writer, and poet
  • Brigadier-General Ford Larimore Fair (1898-1946), American Chief of Staff, European Air Transport Service (1946)
  • Ron Fair, American record producer arranger, recording engineer and songwriter
  • Lorraine Ming "Lorrie" Fair (b. 1978), American member of the World Cup Champion United States national soccer team
  • Jad Fair (b. 1954), American singer, guitarist and graphic artist
  • Brian Fair (b. 1975), American musician, best known as lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Shadows Fall
  • Elinor Fair (1903-1957), American motion picture actress
  • James Rutherford Fair (b. 1920), American educator who focused his education and career on chemical engineering, and was particularly interested in heat transfer and chemical reactor design

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The Fair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fair Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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