Origins Available: French
The Fairs 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 Fairs family
The surname Fairs 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 Fairs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairs research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1234, 1333, 1446, 1619, 1682, 1612 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Fairs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fairs 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 Fairs 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 Fairs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fairs family to Ireland
Some of the Fairs family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fairs family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Fair who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772. William Fair joined him two years later. Other members of the Fair family made their homes in New York in the mid-1800's..
Contemporary Notables of the name Fairs (post 1700)
- Nigel Fairs, British actor, writer and producer