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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.

Fair Early Origins



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.

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Fair Spelling Variations


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Fair 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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Fair Early History


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Fair Early History



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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Fair Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fair Early Notables (pre 1700)



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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fair Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Francis Fair U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Fair Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Fair, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • John Fair, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Mr. John Fair, aged 29 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Triton" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  • Alice Fair settled in Ontario in 1871
  • Abraham Fair came to Manitoba in 1891
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Fair (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fair (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fair Historic Events


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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


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
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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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