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Meaning and Origin of: Fair

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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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.
  2. 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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