Fay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne, is where the name Fay was born. Fay 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 Fay family

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

Early History of the Fay family

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

Fay 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, Fay 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 Fay 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 Fay 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 Fay 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 Fay were

Fay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Fay, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1655 [1]
  • Tho Fay, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [1]
Fay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Conrad Fay, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Simon Fay, who settled in Maryland in 1767
Fay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luke Fay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Andrew Fay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Patrick Fay, who arrived in New York in 1819 [1]
  • William Fay, who arrived in New York in 1819 [1]
  • Lawrence Fay, who landed in New York in 1819 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Fay migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry E. Fay U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
Fay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dennis Fay, aged 16 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "John Bolton" departing 13th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. Hugh Fay, aged 40 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Blenheim" departing 16th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 29th July 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. James Fay who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Princess Royal" departing 5th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 16th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. John Fay who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Princess Royal" departing 5th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 16th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. Luke Fay who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing 13th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Fay migration to Australia +

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

Fay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Fay, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Bridget Fay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [5]
  • Tomas Fay, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [6]
  • Margaret Fay, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

New Zealand Fay migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Fay, (b. 1837), aged 25, Irish farm labourer, from County Cavan travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [7]
  • Mr. Teddy Fay, (b. 1844), aged 22, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "John Temperley" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1866 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fay (post 1700) +

  • Peter Thorp Fay (1929-2021), American jurist, Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Judge Edgar Stewart Fay, American Circuit Judge
  • Rick Fay (1926-1999), American clarinetist
  • Peter W. Fay (1924-2004), American historian
  • Ming Fay, American sculptor
  • Michael D. Fay, American artist
  • Larry Fay (1888-1933), American businessperson
  • Jonathan Fay, American computer scientist
  • Meagen Fay (b. 1957), American actress
  • Michael D. Fay, American USMC combat artist
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas Joseph Fay (d. 1912), aged 30, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lawrence E. Fay, American Gunner's Mate Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Fay +

  • 1990 Edwin Fay of Vermont and Alabama, 1794-1876: His Origins from 1656 and His Descendants to 1987 by Mary Smith Fay, The History of the Bemis, Perkinson, Fay, and Lawrence Families: These Being the Four Ancestral Lines of the Compiler by Ted Harrison Bemis.

  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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 75)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  10. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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