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Early Origins of the Faith family

The surname Faith was first found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The name was taken from St. Veit (in Latin, Vitus) who was the patron saint protecting against fire and lightning.

Early History of the Faith family

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Faith Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Veith, Veit, Veidt, Veid, Vietsch, Feidt, Feit, Veitl, Veitel, Vaith and many more.

Early Notables of the Faith family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Faith were Joseph Veith, who was a prominent librarian in Tyrol. Isak Veith was an eminent doctor and physician in Hall, and...
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Faith Ranking

In the United States, the name Faith is the 9,706th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Faith migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Faith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Faith, who landed in Reading, Massachusetts in 1647 [2]
Faith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Jacob Faith, who landed in New Jersey in 1776 [2]
  • Conrad Faith, who arrived in America in 1777 [2]
Faith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T Faith, who arrived in Texas in 1844 [2]
  • Peter Faith, who arrived in America in 1854 [2]
  • Valentine Faith, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1880 [2]

Canada Faith migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Faith Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Faith, aged 25, who arrived in Quebec in 1833

Australia Faith migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Faith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Faith, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Egyptian" on 5th April 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Faith (post 1700) +

  • Percy Faith (1908-1976), Canadian bandleader, orchestrator, composer and conductor from Toronto, Ontario, known for his "easy listening" music, he placed 21 albums on the Billboard Hot 200 best sellers chart
  • Bob Faith (1963-1964), American businessman, founder, chairman and CEO of Greystar Real Estate Partners
  • Brigadier-General Don Carlos Faith (1896-1963), American Assistant Commandant Command & General Staff School (1946-1948) [4]
  • Paloma Faith (b. 1981), English singer and actress
  • Horace Faith (d. 2015), Jamaican reggae singer
  • Adam Faith (1940-2003), English pop singer
  • Cora Faith Walker (1984-2022), American politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives (2017-2019)
  • Lynn Faith Gladden CBE, FRS, FREng (b. 1961), British Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering and was Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge
  • Betty Faith Jaynes (1945-2014), American basketball coach
  • Marjorie Faith Barnard (1897-1987), Australian novelist

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th January 2022). Retrieved from
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Don Faith. Retrieved from on Facebook