Fais History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne, is where the name Fais was born. Fais was a name for someone who lived near a grove of beech trees. It is associated with the Auvergne region of France, on the Massíf Central, which is located in south-central France.

Early Origins of the Fais family

The surname Fais was first found in Auvergne, a historic province located in south-central France.

Early History of the Fais family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fais research. Another 454 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1145, 1220, 1360, 1309, 1393, 1400, 1500, 1669, 1764, 1757, 1806, 1814, 1700, 1709, 1674 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Fais History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fais Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Fais include Fay, Fait, Fais, Faie, Faite, Faies, Fez, Fée, Faye, De Fay, De Fait, De Fais, De Faie, De Faies, De Fez, De Fée, De Fé, Fé, De Faye and many more.

Early Notables of the Fais family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family was Claude-Florimond De Fay, Captain of the Ponthieu Regiment during the 1700's. Jacques de la Faye was a 17th-18th century French writer whose Defensio Religionis ('Defense of Religion') a 251-page critique of the pantheism of John Toland, was...
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United States Fais migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Fais has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fais were

Fais Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Fais, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869 [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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