Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname meaning ‘handsome’, ‘beautiful’, ‘fair’,
Middle English fair, fayr, Old English
fæger. The word was also occasionally used as a personal
name in Middle English, applied to both men and women.
- Irish: translation of Gaelic fionn ‘fair’, which Woulfe
describes as ‘a descriptive epithet that supplanted the real surname’,
or a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac F(h)inn, a variant
of Mag Fhinn (see McGinn).
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