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The Fairs 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.

Fairs Early Origins



The surname Fairs was 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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Fairs Early History


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Fairs Early History



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

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Fairs Spelling Variations


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Fairs Spelling Variations



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

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Fairs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fairs Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Fair who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772. William Fair joined him two years later. Other members of the Fair family made their homes in New York in the mid-1800's..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fairs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fairs (post 1700)



  • Nigel Fairs, British actor, writer and producer

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Fairs Family Crest Products


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