Faire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Faire 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 Faire family

The surname Faire 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 Faire family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faire 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 Faire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faire 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 Faire 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...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Faire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Faire migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Faire Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Faire, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Richard Faire, who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Richard Faire, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Fra Faire, who landed in Virginia in 1661 [1]
  • Fra Faire, who settled in Virginia in 1661
Faire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martha Faire, who settled in Boston in 1734
Faire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Faire, who settled in New Orleans in 1813
  • George Faire, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813 [1]


  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)


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