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Fairley Early Origins



The surname Fairley was first found in North Ayrshire at Fairlie, a village on the eastern shore of the Firth of Clyde and looks across to the Isle of Arran and the Cumbraes. The Norman knight Sir Richard de Morville was appointed by King David I of Scotland (1084-1153) to hold land in Scotland. He became High Constable of Scotland and Lord of Cunninghame, Largs and Lauderdale. This land was later subdivided and by the 13th century, the land of Fairlie was held by the de Ros (or Ross) family of Tarbert.

One of the sons of the Ross family who built the Castle and adopted the name Fairlie. Fairlie Castle which survived until the 1840s is now in ruins. It lies in Fairlie Glen near the town of Fairlie in the old Barony of Fairlie, Parish of Largs, North Ayrshire. One source claims that Sir Robert Fairlie of that Ilk built the present castle in 1521. By design, it was a tower castle without a motte or a bailey and had four storeys. The walls were about 1.6m (5.25 feet) thick.

One of the first records of the name was William de Fairlie who was granted a pardon by Edward III at Berwick in 1335 "for all the crimes committed by him in the war with England." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Another author states "It is rather remarkable that so few notices of this family are to be found, and that such as exist are of such a disconnected and fragmentary nature."


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Fairley Spelling Variations


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Fairley Spelling Variations



The name, Fairley, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Fairley, Fairlie, Fayrle, Farle, Farnley, Farnlie, Farnly, Ferle, Ffarly, Farnlye, Farinley, Farinle, Farinlee, Farinlea, Farinleigh, Farnleigh, Fairleigh, Fayrleigh, Fairie, Fairy, Farie and many more.

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Fairley Early History


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Fairley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairley research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1329, 1342 and 1335 are included under the topic Early Fairley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fairley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fairley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fairley 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



The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlanti c. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Fairley surname who came to North America were:

Fairley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Fairley made the journey in 1730 and landed in Maryland

Fairley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Fairley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Michael Fairley, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • R Fairley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James L Fairley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Joseph Fairley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fairley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Fairley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • Margaret Fairley, aged 17, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"
  • William Hamilton Fairley, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fairley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fairley (post 1700)



  • Nicholas Lachester "Nick" Fairley (b. 1988), American NFL football defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams
  • Darlene Cook Fairley (b. 1943), American politician, Member of the Washington Senate (1995-2011)
  • Brian Fairley (b. 1959), Scottish former association football manager
  • F Iona Hamilton- Fairley, English founder and CEO of The Kids' Cookery School in Acton, West London
  • Peter Fairley (1930-1998), Malaysian science journalist, best known for being the Science Editor for Independent Television News in the 1960s through the 1970s
  • Michelle Fairley (b. 1964), Northern Irish actress, best known for her roles as Catelyn Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones
  • Ian Fairley (b. 1964), former Australian rules footballer who played 217 games for for North Melbourne (1983-1996)
  • Gordon Hamilton Fairley DM FRCP (1930-1975), Australian-born, British professor of medical oncology killed by an IRA bomb intended to kill Sir Hugh Fraser
  • Samuel Anthony "Sam" Fairley (b. 1980), New Zealand cricketer who plays for the Wellington Firebirds
  • Margaret Adele Keeling Fairley (1885-1968), English-born, Canadian writer, educator, and political activist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Paratus sum
Motto Translation: I am prepared.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835

Other References

  1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 29 June 2016 at 11:44.

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