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The ancestors of the Fairbairn family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Fairbairn was a name given to a person with attractive, youthful looks, or someone who was noted as having been a beautiful child. The surname Fairbairn is derived from the Old English words fair, which means lovely, and bearn, which means child. However, the name Fairbairn may also be a local surname applied to someone from the settlement of Fairbourne in Kent or Fairburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In this case, Fairbairn belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Fairbairn Early Origins



The surname Fairbairn was first found in North Yorkshire at Fairburn, a small village and civil parish in the Selby district that dates back to before the Domesday Book when it was listed as Fareburne c. 1030. A few years later in 1086, the Domesday Book lists the placename as Fareburne [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "stream where ferns grow," having derived from the Old English fearn + burna. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Fairbairn Spelling Variations


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Fairbairn Spelling Variations



Fairbairn has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Fairbairn, Fairbairns, Fairbarn, Fairborn, Fairborne and many more.

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Fairbairn Early History


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Fairbairn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairbairn research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1327, 1644 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Fairbairn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fairbairn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fairbairn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fairbairn 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fairbairns to arrive on North American shores:

Fairbairn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Fairbairn, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Newcastle, in 1899

Fairbairn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Fairbairn, aged 53, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Florence Fairbairn, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, in 1907
  • Andrew Dodds Fairbairn, aged 47, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Adelaine Fairbairn, aged 20, who landed in America from Omagh, Ireland, in 1908
  • Charles Stewart Fairbairn, aged 19, who landed in America from Thornton, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fairbairn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Fairbairn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fairbairn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fairbairn (post 1700)



  • Sir David Eric Fairbairn KBE, DFC (1917-1994), English-born, Australian politician and cabinet minister
  • James Valentine Fairbairn (1897-1940), English-born, Australian aviator, politician and cabinet minister
  • John T Fairbairn, English political journalist, author and translator
  • Joyce Fairbairn PC (b. 1939), Canadian senator, the first woman to serve as Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • Sir Nicholas "Nicky" Hardwick Fairbairn QC (1933-1995), Scottish politician
  • David Fairbairn (b. 1949), Australian painter and printmaker, winner of the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 1999
  • Stephen Ian Fairbairn (1896-1968), British financier and rower in the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Patrick Fairbairn (1805-1874), Scottish minister and theologian
  • William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn (1889-1964), Scottish psychiatrist, psychoanalyst
  • John Fairbairn (b. 1983), Canadian Olympic bronze medalist skeleton racer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fairbairn Historic Events


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Fairbairn Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William John Fairbairn, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales May 1941 and died at the battle of Denmark Strait, before the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales

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Suggested Readings for the name Fairbairn


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Suggested Readings for the name Fairbairn



  • Down the Century from 1800 by Esther V.H. Cline.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec cede arduis
Motto Translation: Not high yield


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Fairbairn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fairbairn 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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