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The Phair 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.

Phair Early Origins



The surname Phair 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.

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Phair Spelling Variations


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Phair Spelling Variations



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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Phair Early History


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Phair Early History



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

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Phair Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Phair Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Phair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Phair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Phair, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • H. Phair arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • James Phair settled in America in 1852

Phair Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Andrew Phair U.E. (b. 1757) who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1784 he enlisted in 1781 serving in the American Legion, married to Margaret Barry having 3 children, he died in 1824 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Adjutant. Andrew Phair U.E. who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in Arnold's American Legion, became a Postmaster at Fredericton [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Phair Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Phair came to Ontario in 1871
  • Jason Phair arrived in Ontario in 1871

Phair Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary A. Phair, aged 22, a house maid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Adelaide"
  • Edward Phair, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • Janet Phair, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"

Phair Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. C. Phair arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
  • Eliza Phair, aged 24, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Phair (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Phair (post 1700)



  • Ron Phair, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1960; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oregon 2nd District, 1960
  • Maggie Phair, American politician, Representative from California 24th District, 1990
  • James S. Phair, American politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1964
  • James H. Phair, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Presque Isle, Maine, 1897-1914
  • Elizabeth Clark "Liz" Phair (b. 1967), American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Caspar Phair (d. 1933), Canadian pioneer, one of Lillooet, British Columbia's first settlers
  • Lyle Phair (b. 1961), Canadian professional hockey player
  • Michael Phair (b. 1950), Canadian politician
  • Venetia Katharine Douglas Phair (1918-2009), the first person to suggest the name Pluto for the celestial body

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Phair Historic Events


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Phair Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Reverend Ernest Edward Maxwell Phair, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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The Phair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Phair 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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