Fair History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Fair family

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.

Early History of the Fair family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fair research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1234, 1333, 1446, 1619, 1682, 1612 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Fair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fair Spelling Variations

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 Fair 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...
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United States Fair migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Joseph Fair, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • William Fair, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774
Fair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Fair, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802 [1]
  • Richard Fair, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [1]
  • James Fair, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Ann Fair, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • William Fair, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Fair migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
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 immigrated 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 [3]
  • Alice Fair, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • Abraham Fair, who settled in Manitoba in 1891
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Fair migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [4]
  • Mr. William Fair, (b. 1829), aged 14, British labourer who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Andrew Fair, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

New Zealand Fair migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fair Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jane Fair, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870

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) [6]
  • James Graham Fair (1831-1894), Irish-born, American overnight millionaire part-owner of the Comstock Lode, a United States Senator and a colorful real estate and railroad speculator
  • Ray Clarence Fair (b. 1942), American Professor of Economics at Yale University
  • Ronald L Fair (b. 1932), American novelist, short story writer, and poet
  • Benjamin F. Fair, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912 [7]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • John Fair, British Commander Executive Officer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. George W Fair (b. 1919), English Shipwright 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asiatic
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Ford Fair. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fair/Ford_Larimore/USA.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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