Fay Name Meaning & Origin
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My paternal grandfather's first and middle names were Fay Arthur. My father was Richard Arthur, and I am William Fay. I have been told that the name is Gaelic for "faith". Apparently it was a more common name in past generations (Fay Vincent, the former commissioner of major league baseball comes to mind), but growing up in the late '60s and '70s, I can't say that it was an easy name for an athletic, thoroughly heterosexual boy to live with. Despite some annoying teasing during my eight years at an all-boys prep school, I have grown to be proud of my rare middle name, and today I wear a ring given to my grandfather upon his retirement which bears his name inscribed in the band. My grandfather died in 1963, and my own father in 1999, but memories - and names - live on in me.
2015 - My first and middle names are FAY ERNEST, I've lived with "Fay" as a boy and man for many years. Today, I would not recommend you name a boy Fay, partly because it makes folks uncomfortable not being sure of the sex of the person they will be addressing. After winning my first three "That's a girl's name." fights in grade school, I decided to keep it. I found I was named after a neighbor farmer of my Grandfather in Iowa. His name was "Lafayette Thompson". All 38 male, "Fay's", I've met, except one, were older than I, as were the guys named "Francis, Shirley and Kay".
Fay (Fae) is an alternative name for a fairy or an elf.
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From the middle English fai, fei, > Old French feid, meaning "faith."
Nickname for names such as Francis, Frank and Lafayette. Most common boy's name origin was Lafayette. Most used about 1900.
A variant of the Irish Clan name O'Fathaigh (Fahey, Fahy) meaning "base, foundation."
- Famous real-life people named Fay
(Francis) Fay Vincent, the former commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Fay Coyle, was a Northern Ireland international footballer.
Fay Moulton, Olympic sprinter and former Kansas state football coach.
Fay Jones, Architect whose church in the Arkansas woods has become a tourist attraction. His unique style has made him something of a "cult" figure.
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