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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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The surname Fair 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.

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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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fair Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

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

Fair Settlers in 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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Fair Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Francis Fair U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association

Fair Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Fair, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • John Fair, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Alice Fair settled in Ontario in 1871
  • Abraham Fair came to Manitoba in 1891
  • Agatena Fair came to Manitoba in 1891
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Fair Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Fair, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Andrew Fair, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Fair Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Fair arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870
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  • Elinor Fair (1903-1957), American motion picture actress
  • Brian Fair (b. 1975), American musician, best known as lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Shadows Fall
  • Jad Fair (b. 1954), American singer, guitarist and graphic artist
  • Lorraine Ming "Lorrie" Fair (b. 1978), American member of the World Cup Champion United States national soccer team
  • Ron Fair, American record producer arranger, recording engineer and songwriter
  • Brigadier-General Ford Larimore Fair (1898-1946), American Chief of Staff, European Air Transport Service (1946)
  • Benjamin F. Fair, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • A. Lee Fair, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944
  • Charles H. Fair, American politician, Mayor of Chillicothe, Ohio, 1967
  • Charlie Fair, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1952
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Fair Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. George W Fair (b. 1919), English Shipwright 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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