Faye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish name Faye has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Faye is O Fathaigh, derived from the word "fothadh," meaning "foundation."
Early Origins of the Faye family
The surname Faye 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.
Early History of the Faye family
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Faye Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Faye dating from that time include Fahey, Fahie, Fahy, Fay, O'Fahey, O'Fahy, Vahey and many more.
Early Notables of the Faye family (pre 1700)
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In France, the name Faye is the 1,112nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,900 people with that name. 
Faye 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:
Faye Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Michael Faye, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harkaway" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd June 1857 
Contemporary Notables of the name Faye (post 1700) +
- Gerald E. Faye, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1964; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 18th District, 1974 
- Alexander L. Faye, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1956 
- Guillaume Faye (1949-2019), French journalist and writer
- Hervé Faye, French Astronomer who discovered a periodic comet
- Hervé Auguste Étienne Faye (1814-1902), French astronomer
- Erica Faye Watson (1973-2021), American actress, comedian and writer, best known for her roles in Precious and Chi-Raq; she died of complications from COVID-19 in Jamaica
- Julia Faye Wallick (1892-1966), born Julia Faye Maloney, better known as Julia Faye, American actress of silent and sound films who appeared in more than 30 Cecil B. DeMille productions
- Angela Faye Kinsey (b. 1971), American actress, best known for her role as Angela Martin in the NBC television series The Office
- Mickie Faye DeMoss (b. 1955), American college basketball coach and former player
- Ruby Faye Henderson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1996 
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The Faye Motto +
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.