Fait History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne is where the name Fait was born. Fait 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 in the south and center of the country.

Early Origins of the Fait family

The surname Fait was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.

Early History of the Fait family

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

Fait Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Fait some of which are 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 Fait 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 Fait 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 Fait 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 Fait were

Fait Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christina Fait, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Anna Fait, who arrived in New York, NY in 1884 [1]
Fait Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Vincent Fait, who landed in Wisconsin in 1908 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fait (post 1700) +

  • Bruno Fait (1924-1952), Italian racewalker at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Mirko Fait (b. 1965), Italian jazz saxophonist and composer
  • Vigilio Fait (1962-2006), Italian silver medalist sport shooter at the 2006 World Championships


  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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