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.
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)
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)