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The name Fairbank is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived near a scenic hillside. The surname Fairbank is derived from the Old English words fair, which means lovely, and bank, which means bank or hill. However, the first portion of the name may sometimes be derived from the Old English word faern, which means fern. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Fairbank Early Origins



The surname Fairbank was first found in Cumbria at Firbank, anciently Frithbank, a parish of Kirby Lonsdale in Westmorland. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
[3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Historically part of Westmorland, this village and civil parish has always been relatively small with a population of 199 in the late 1800s and today less than one hundred people. Early records show Robert Fairebank, son of Farebank in Yorkshire in 1583 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
and Robert Firebancke, of Wennington, parish of Mellinge listed in the Lancashire Wills at Richmond in 1638. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Fairbank Spelling Variations


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Fairbank Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fairbank family name include Fairbanks, Fairbank, Fairbankes, Firbank and many more.

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Fairbank Early History


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Fairbank Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairbank research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1668, 1633 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Fairbank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fairbank Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fairbank Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fairbank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fairbank surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Fairbank Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathan Fairbank, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Richard Fairbank, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • John Fairbank, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1642
  • John Fairbank settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Jonas Fairbank, who arrived in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1659

Fairbank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J H Fairbank, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • I W Fairbank, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Fairbank Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Fairbank arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thirteen" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fairbank (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fairbank (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Leigh Cole Fairbank (1889-1966), American Assistant Surgeon-General US Army (1938-1942)
  • Janet Ayer Fairbank (1878-1951), American Democrat politician,Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1924, 1932 (alternate); Member of Democratic National Committee from Illinois, 1924-28
  • Alexander Warren Fairbank (1852-1922), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1914-15
  • John Barnard Fairbank (1839-1908), American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 38th District, 1897-98
  • Merton William Fairbank (1847-1918), American Republican politician,Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 2nd District, 1905-08
  • Wilson Henry Fairbank (b. 1836), American Republican politician, Contractor; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1904
  • Valerie Baker Fairbank (b. 1949), American judge
  • Richard Fairbank, American founder and CEO of Capital One
  • N K Fairbank (1829-1903), American businessman, creator of Fairy Soap
  • John K. Fairbank, American East Asian scholar
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Finem respice
Motto Translation: Consider the end.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. 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. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. 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.
  11. ...

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