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The Irish name Fay has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Fay is O Fathaigh, derived from the word "fothadh," meaning "foundation."
The surname Fay was first found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Fay revealed spelling variations, including Fahey, Fahie, Fahy, Fay, O'Fahey, O'Fahy, Vahey and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fay research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Fay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Fay name:
Fay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Fay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Fay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Fay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Fay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Fay Historic Events
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 Translation: Hope.
The Fay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fay 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.
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