Meaning and Name Origin
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.
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 (#2277 out of 88799, Top 3%). (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)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Fay and associated names. 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 and is now significantly less, with the versions Fae, Fay and Faye becoming less stylish. Faith (#81) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here, with this name going through a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)