Origins Available: French
The Fayer 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.
Early Origins of the Fayer family
The surname Fayer 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.
Early History of the Fayer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fayer research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1234, 1333, 1446, 1619, 1682, 1612 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Fayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fayer Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Fair, Faire, Faires, Fayer, Fayers, Fairs, Fare, Phair, Phaire, Phayre, Phares and many more.
Early Notables of the Fayer family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Phayre or Phaire (1619-1682), regicide, possibly a son of Emmanuel Phaire, who in 1612 became rector of Kilshannig, co. Cork. In February... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fayer family to Ireland
Some of the Fayer family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fayer family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Fayer, aged 44, settled in New York in 1820
- Jeannot Fayer, aged 28, settled in New York in 1823
- John Fayer, who settled in New York, NY in 1823
- Carl Fayer, who settled in New York, NY in 1892
Fayer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Louis Fayer, who settled in Quebec sometime between 1666 and 1766