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Where did the English Fairchild family come from? What is the English Fairchild family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fairchild family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fairchild family history?The name Fairchild is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a beautiful child. The distinguished name Fairchild is derived from the Old English word fæger, which meant fair or beautiful, and cild, which was the word for child.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Fairchild have been found, including Fairchild, Fairechild, Fairchilde and others.
First found in Oxfordshire 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairchild research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Fairchild History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fairchild Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Fairchild surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Fairchild Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- Joane Fairchild, who landed in Virginia in 1618
- Thomas Fairchild settled in Connecticut in 1630 and from him descended Horace, Miss Celina, Miss Julia, and Mrs
- Thomas Fairchild, who arrived in Connecticut in 1639
Fairchild Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Tho Fairchild, who landed in Virginia in 1705
- James Fairchild, who landed in Virginia in 1719
Fairchild Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- S W Fairchild, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- C Fairchild, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- I S Fairchild, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- F G Fairchild, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1856
- Thomas Edward Fairchild (1912-2007), American federal judge and former politician from Wisconsin
- David Grandison Fairchild (1869-1954), American botanist and plant explorer
- Morgan Fairchild (b. 1950), born Patsy Ann McClenny, American actress, board member of the Screen Actors Guild
- Muir Stephen Fairchild (1894-1950), American General, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
- General Muir Stephen Fairchild (1894-1950), American Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. (1948-1950)
- Sherman Mills Fairchild (1896-1971), inventor with 30 patents to his credit, founder of Fairchild Aviation, and other companies
- George Winthrop Fairchild (1854-1924), United States senator
- William Fairchild (b. 1918), British Writer and Director
- Barbara Fairchild (b. 1950), American Country singer from Knobel, Arkansas, best known for "The Teddy Bear Song" in 1973
- Charles Stebbins Fairchild (1842-1924), New York State Attorney General, 38th United States Secretary of Treasury
- Edward Eugene Fairchild, 1840-1911, and His Descendants by David Fairchild Houston.
- Ancestors and Descendants of Emma Tyas Horsfall: Largely a Chronicle of Two Families: Huxtable and Fairchild by Emma Fairchild Patterson.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Illi nun quam cedunt
Motto Translation: They never turn out
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The Fairchild Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fairchild 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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