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What does Fay mean?

Fay Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Faith.

ASSOCIATED WITH Fa-, fairy, 19th century, legend (mythology), king (queen), lady (noble), lake (river)


VARIANTS Fae, Fay, Fayanna, Faye, Fee, Fei, Feike, Fey




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How popular is Fay?

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Fay reached its top position of #218 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not listed currently. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fay name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Fay appearing in the Top 2000 are Fae, Faith (#91 A YEAR AGO) and Faye (#928). Usage of these forms of Fay reached its peak in 2005 (ADOPTION OF 0.5%) and is somewhat less today (ADOPTION 0.3%, 45%), with versions such as Faye becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fay, Fae, Faith, Faye in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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

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