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The Fayer surname is derived from the Middle English word "fair," or "fayr," from the Old English "fæger;" meaning "handsome," "beautiful," or "fair." As such, the name is generally considered to have originally been a nickname, although it was in occasional use as a personal name for both men and women.

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The surname Fayer was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fair, Faire, Faires, Fayer, Fayers, Fairs, Fare, Phair, Phaire, Phayre, Phares and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fayer research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1234, 1333, and 1446 are included under the topic Early Fayer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Fayer, aged 44, settled in New York in 1820
  • Jeannot Fayer, aged 28, settled in New York in 1823
  • Jno Fayer settled in New York, NY in 1823
  • Carl Fayer came to New York, NY in 1892

Fayer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Louis Fayer settled in Quebec sometime between 1666 and 1766

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  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The Fayer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fayer 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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