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Gender: Female Meaning of Faye: "fairy" Origin of Faye: English Faye's Popularity in 2017: #710

The name Faye is a girl's name of English origin meaning "fairy". Faye is ranked #710 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Drop 2 Add 1 pick a fave that can't be dropped".

From the experts:

Does Fay really need that e at the end? We vote no, but modern parents disagree: The Faye spelling was used for nearly 300 girls in 2014, vaulting the name back onto the Top 1000 after a 35-year absence, nearly ten times as many babies as received the Fay spelling.

Some people may feel spelling it Faye makes the name more balanced and complete, as Anne of Green Gables famously said about her name. The original Fay, Morgan le Fay, was a sorceress of the Arthurian Legends. Faye may also be used as a short form of Faith.

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Famous People Named Faye

(Dorothy) Faye Dunaway, American actress
Faye Elizabeth Grant, American actress
Faye Marsay, English actress
Faye Reagan, American porn star
Faye Wong (born Wong Fei), Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress
Faye Katherine Dancer, All-American Girls Baseball League player
Alice Faye, American actress and singer
Faye Yu (born Yu Feihong), Chinese actress

Pop Culture References for the name Faye

Faye Valentine, character in anime "Cowboy Bebop"
Faye Chamberlain, character from The Secret Circle series by L. J. Smith
Faye Greener, character in Nathanael West's "Day of the Locust"
Dr. Faye Miller, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Faye Windass, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Faye Whitaker, character in webcomic "Questionable Content"
Faye, character in video game "Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia"


Ara0 Says:


This is one of my favorite names! I love the way it rolls off your tongue. It makes me think sweet and kind, but with a hint of rebellion. Not just because the main character of a novel I'm working on is named Faye, but it's just a beautiful name.

calia_casper Says:


I wouldn't spell Faye any of the ways I see given, I've always loved the name and from a young age I decided to spell it Fe like Santa Fe!

indiefendi2 Says:


Faye is a beautiful name, whether first or middle.

JustNorthofDreams Says:


I love this name! It's short and pretty as a first name and can also work as a good middle name.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I prefer Fae. Fay looks strange and Faye is pretty but Fae is stunning.

georgiaO Says:


Yes I agree!!

Toronto87 Says:


There is something so light, cheerful and breezy about this name. It's really growing on me.

SimoneKadele Says:


The Fay spelling seems incomplete, but Faye feels more like a full name.

headintheclouds Says:


I like this as a middle name connector for a long and lush first name, e.g. Dorothea Faye. While I like the glamorous vintage, short and sweet, sassy yet ethereal vibe of Faye, I personally find it too short as a first name- I keep expecting to hear more syllables than the single one! I am very surprised that Faye isn't more popular than it is though; it's certainly one of the better choices for vintage revival names out there. I also like Faye better than Fay- seems more like a name to me than the word fae/fay for fairy with the extra -e on there.

kristin Says:


Faye is my middle name and my mom's name. I think it's beautiful, unique and easy.

DolphinLover17 Says:


I think its a very nice name. I don't think it's very common. But i do know a Faye.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Just my thoughts, but I kinda feel Faith is already short on its own; the only difference is the th sound at the end. They're pretty much both easy to say. Once again, just my thoughts though.

Guest Says:


I like Faye but I think it's kinda too incomplete. As a short for Faith is cute tho

kitchi1 Says:


This is a very simple, yet uncommon and beautiful name. Faye. Under the top 1000, even.

faithnamer Says:


Is it because Faye sounds a lot like 'fake' perhaps? ;)

Nooshi Says:


Lovely. I have a toy piglet I made when I was about 8, that I named Faye. I loved names, even then :).

orphanedhanyou Says:


light and airy fairy? feels flaky & fake

ambg Says:


Beautiful! One of my favorite names and a family name too. I adore the association with folklore.