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Gender: Female Meaning of Fay: "fairy" Origin of Fay: English

The name Fay is a girl's name of English origin meaning "fairy". Fay and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF Using Nameberry top 1000".

From the experts:

Fay, also spelled Faye, who had been napping quietly since the 1930's, has, like cousins May/Mae and Ray/Rae, sat up and started rubbing her eyes, ready for a mini-comeback, especially as a middle name. In 2014, Faye hopped back onto the US Top 1000, though Fay is used much more quietly as a first name.

The original of the name, Morgan le Fay, was a powerful sorceress in the Arthurian Legends. Two prominent Fay W.'s are the British novelist Fay Weldon, and actress Fay Wray, most famous for sitting in the hand of King Kong, and there is a character named Fay in Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust. Most well-known Faye is actress Dunaway.

Fay was most popular in the U.S. in the early decades of the twentieth century, reaching Number 202 in 1907, while Faye was Number 146 in 1934.

Fay may also be a short form of Faith.

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Famous People Named Fay

(Vina) Fay Wray, American actress
Fay Okell Bainter, American actress
Fay Elinora Lanphier, Miss America 1925
Fay Ripley, English actress and recipe author
Fay Compton (born Virginia Lilian Emmeline Compton-Mackenzie), English actress
Sarah Fay Wright, American actress
Fay Weldon, English novelist
Fay Baker, American actress
Fay Templeton, American actress, singer and comedian
Florence Priscilla (‘Fay’) McLaren (1884-1964), British suffragist

Pop Culture References for the name Fay

Morgan le Fay, character/sorceress from Arthurian legend
Fay, Charlie's neighbor in Flowers for Algernon
Fay Grim, 2006 film starring Parker Posey
Daisy Fay Buchanan, main female character of The Great Gatsby
Shasta Fay Hepworth, female lead of the novel Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

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paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name, and also like the Faye spelling

Yessica Says:


I like it spelled "Faye" better.

andrea sky Says:


It's a really cute name . And such an awesome origin of it. I really would've never have guessed for it to be something like that.