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What does Fay mean?

Fay \fay\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Fay) is pronounced fay. The meaning of Fay is "fairy". Late 19th-century coinage, influenced by the legend of King Arthur, in which Morgan le Fay, his half-sister, is a mysterious sorceress also known as "Lady of the Lake". Actresses Fay Wray, Fay Compton, Faye Dunaway.


Fay has 8 variants: Fae, Fay, Fayanna, Faye, Fee, Fei, Feike and Fey.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Faith.

Fay has 1 more different form via Faye: Fe.


Fay is a very popular first name for females (#585 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2225 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Fay for girls. Fay reached its top position of #208 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Fay name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fay outside U.S.

Prominent varying forms of Fay appearing in the Top 1000 are Fae, Faith (#81 a year ago) and Faye (#908). Usage of these girl names reached its peak during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.5563%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.2528%, down 54.6%), with the versions Fae, Fay and Faye becoming less stylish. Faith (#81) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here, and there is also a resurgence in birth name usage for this name. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Fay and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Fae, Faith, Fay, Faye in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Faith, Faye outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fan, Gay, Jay, Kay, May and Ray. These names tend to be less frequently used than Fay.