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Fair History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: French, Irish, Scottish


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


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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.

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)


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Migration of the Fair family to the New World and Oceana


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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Richard Fair, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Fair, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Ann Fair, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Fair, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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 [2]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 [3]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, 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.)

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]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, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

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) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Ford Fair. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fair/Ford_Larimore/USA.html
  • 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 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Fair family



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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A

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 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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Citations


  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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Ford Fair. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fair/Ford_Larimore/USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  8. ^ 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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